Florida sees looting, BVI prisoners escape in Irma aftermath

Lynette Rowe
September 13, 2017

"Going to prison over a pair of sneakers is a fairly bad life choice", Maglione said in a statement.

Miami police are cracking down on looters throughout the city, following the destruction from Hurricane Irma.

"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".

Local TV images showed the alleged looters running in and out of a store through a broken window carrying boxes of sneakers.

Police wrote: "Thinking about looting?"

Days earlier, 29-year-old Nicholas Rossell was charged with theft and burglary after he allegedly tried to steal a purse from a auto as the bag's owner was "preparing for Hurricane Irma" and grocery shopping.

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Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado said looting in the city is widespread, affecting every area of the city, rich or poor.

Almost 30 arrests have been made so far.

"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.

The Fort Lauderdale Police Department (FLPD) has been posting frequent updates on how many looters had been arrested and as of Monday that number had reached 20.

Elsewhere, on St. Martin, one of the Caribbean Islands that was hit by Irma, residents and business owners complained that the storm had led to looting in their community, according to Fox News.

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