Caught on Camera: Police arrest dozens of Hurricane Irma looters in Florida

Authorities arrested at least a dozen people in Florida on Sunday for looting, including nine people caught on camera while reportedly stealing from a sporting goods store in Fort Lauderdale.

ABC10 reports that that looters were caught breaking into the Simon’s Sportswear store in Fort Lauderdale. Cameras showed looters walking into the store via a busted storefront glass window and exiting with stolen goods. Other looters made their way to a nearby Foot Locker and Cash America store.

The Fort Lauderdale Police Office announced shortly after that they had the suspects in custody.

“Going to prison over a pair of sneakers is a fairly bad life choice,” Fort Lauderdale police Chief Rick Maglione said in a statement. “Stay home and look after your loved once and be thankful they are all safe.”

Three teens and six adults were arrested and charged with  burglary during a natural disaster. While the teens’ names remained disclosed due to their age, the adults were identified as Zara Dumornay, Tyrell Pratt, Rossano Henry Jr., Michael Brown, and Kenneth Pinkney.

Neighboring authorities, such as the Broward County Police Department, posted on Twitter after learning of the incident, and warned that all looters caught would be investigated. Further, an deputy in Broward shot one teenager and arrested another after they reportedly attempted to break in to an affluent Fort Lauderdale suburb home.

“ATTENTION LOOTERS; Every incident will be investigated. Evidence collected will be used to pursue charges after the fact.”

Nearby Pembroke Pines Police Department promised looters that police officers would greet anyone who loots in the county.

“Any looters who come to Pembroke Pines will be greeted by our officers. Choose wisely and stay home.”

In Orlando, residents complained of people dressing up and posing as utility workers in attempt to gain entrance into homes and businesses, where they robbed people at gunpoint.

Meanwhile, if you’re in Florida and witness looting, authorities urge you to contact 911 immediately. Do not use use social media to report looting, as according to Miami police, it is not effective.

[Feature Photo: AP/Wilfredo Lee]