Miami Police Arrest At Least Six for Looting after Irma

Miami Police Arrest At Least Six for Looting after Irma

Miami Police Arrest At Least Six for Looting after Irma

"Going to prison for a pair of sneakers is a pretty bad vital decision", said City Police Chief Rick Maglione.

As Hurricane Irma tore through Miami, some thieves used the storm as an opportunity to commit up to 25 incidences of looting around the city.

"Despite the acts of a few criminals and looters, the spirit of Miami is very, very strong." added Commissioner Ken Russell "I'm very proud of the residents and businesses that have come together with such a positive attitude".

On Sunday, a video that showed a gang of looters breaking into a shoe store went wild on social media with thousands of shares. "Ask these guys how that turned out", Miami Police wrote on Facebook along with an image of suspects in a jail cell. A deputy shot one of the teens outside of the home, and the teen was taken to a nearby hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.

"I think it's despicable that anyone would try to take advantage of the fact that we're in a vulnerable state", said Miami Commissioner Francis Suarez.

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Local media reports that a suspect was in custody and that at least two people were transported to the hospital. Freeman High School has 327 enrolled students. "They did a modified lockdown drill yesterday", she said.

In Fort Lauderdale, nine people were arrested after a WPLG news crew recorded a group ransacking a sportswear shop.

Police arrested three Wal-Mart looters on Saturday night, on the north side of Miami.

The alleged looters included two men in the West Palm Beach area who tried to rob a gun store, and a group that allegedly attempted to rob a gas station in West Palm Beach.

"We heard of people coming into different hotels posing as tourists and stealing everything", said Lynch.

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