Nine Arrested In Looting Of Fort Lauderdale Stores

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Nine people have been arrested for looting a shoe store and pawn shop in Florida in the middle of Hurricane Irma. 

On Sept. 10, WPLG reported that its news cameras had captured looters breaking into Simon's Sportswear in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The video, posted to the TV station's website, shows the looters carrying what appear to be shoe boxes out of a broken window.

The effects of the hurricane can also be seen in the video. A tree near the broken window is shown blowing in the wind as rain beats down. The wind can also be heard blowing in the video's background. 

WSVN reported that SWAT and several police cruisers from the Fort Lauderdale Police Department responded to the scene of the looting on the afternoon of Sept. 10. 

A post on the department's Facebook page states that, in addition to the sportswear store, the nine people had also looted nearby Cash America Pawn, but had been arrested.

"Going to prison over a pair of sneakers is a fairly bad life choice," said Fort Lauderdale Police Chief Rick Maglione in a statement included in the post. "Stay home and look after your loved ones and be thankful they are all safe."

Those arrested included six adults and three teenagers, according to WPLG. They are facing charges of burglary during a natural disaster. The charge carries harsher penalties than other classes of burglary.

The adults arrested were Kenneth Pinkney, Zara Dumornay, Tyrell Pratt, Teonhki Robinson, Michael Brown and Rossano Henry Jr. 

Fort Lauderdale is not the only part of south Florida to have experienced crime during Hurricane Irma. WTVJ reported that the at least 10 people are in custody for an alleged looting in Miami. 

By Sept. 11, at least two dozen people had been arrested for looting in Broward and Miami-Dade counties, which encompass the cities of Fort Lauderdale and Miami, respectively.

Broward County was under curfew from 7 p.m. Sept. 10 to 7 a.m. Sept. 11 in part to prevent looting and other types of criminal behavior, according to WSVN.

The looting also prompted social media responses from nearby police departments.

"Any looters who come to Pembroke Pines will be greeted by our officers," the department tweeted. "Choose wisely and stay home."

"ATTENTION LOOTERS; Every incident will be investigated," the Broward Sheriff's Office tweeted. "Evidence collected will be used to pursue charges after the fact."

Sources: WSVN, WPLG, WTVJPembroke Pines PD/TwitterBroward Sheriff/Twitter, Fort Lauderdale Police Department/Facebook / Featured Image: houstondwiPhotos mp/Flickr / Embedded Images: Fort Lauderdale Police Department/Facebook, Antti Lipponen​/Flickr

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