Fort Lauderdale Looters Get Caught On Camera And Arrested

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Nine people who were caught on a news station’s cameras looting a sportswear retailer in Fort Lauderdale have been delivered a swift dose of instant karma after footage of their criminal behavior went viral and helped police to track them down.

As other residents scrambled to evacuate or hunker down in the face of the devastating Hurricane Irma, one group of opportunists decided to break into Simon’s Sportswear, ABC affiliate Local 10 reported.

The network’s cameras were rolling as the group of eight or nine individuals smashed through a front window, entered the business, and promptly reappeared with their arms full of merchandise. They then moved to a Footlocker and a CashAmerica Pawn Store in the same area.

Local 10’s initial report about the looting in progress ignited outrage on social media, with hundreds of commenters demanding that the culprits be arrested. Within hours, the Fort Lauderdale Police Department took to Twitter to announce that they had done just that.

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

The Fort Lauderdale Police Department has posted multiple mugshots of people who have been arrested for breaking and entering during Hurricane Irma as a deterrent for any aspiring robbers who may get the same idea.

While police in South Florida have largely vowed to patrol the streets in order to prevent looting, it is unclear how Irma – which has since been downgraded to a tropical storm but is still pummeling the state with high winds and pouring rain – will affect their ability to do their jobs.

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