Reports of people looting stores are flooding in allover Miami right now, just as the water is. As Florida residents have to deal with leaving their belongings behind and making sure everything and everyone is safe, others apparently see this natural disaster as an opportunity to steal.
In the video you can see that sports gear shops are quite popular with the arrested culprits:
To me this seems much a continuation of the story my colleague Kyle James posted this morning, where some other criminals were involved in ransacking a Foot Locker store.
They were gladly apprehended thanks to the images being spread like wildfire. You can find that story here:
In it, you can see a group of people looting an outdoor mall in Fort Lauderdale. The police arrested the culprits for burglary during a natural disaster.
The Deputy Chief of Police Mr Luis Cabrera has informed our colleagues over at the Miami Herald that his forces went to the shops as from Sunday afternoon just as the winds sweeping in with Irma were at their strongest.
Mr Cabrera confirmed that a group in a white truck was hitting multiple locations at that time. Also he received other calls reporting looting incidents all over the city.
The Miami Herald has released a video of the criminals being arrested.
Furthermore, people were arrested for not obliging with the imposed curfew which was announced by Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez on Sunday and went into effect from 7 pm yesterday to 7 am today.
The spokesman for the Miami City Council said: “Mayor Gimenez issued the curfew effective after the storm is expected to clear our area because it allows emergency responders the opportunity to assess damages.”
According to the latest reports, 75 percent of the buildings in the Miami-Dade county were without electricity after the passing of Irma.