On Sunday, Fort Lauderdale PD announced on Twitter that it had arrested nine people who were caught on camera looting a pawn shop and nearby clothing store.
That announcement was accompanied by a dryly funny message from Chief Rick Maglione, who said: ‘Going to prison over a pair of sneakers is a fairly bad life choice. Stay home and look after your loved ones and be thankful they are all safe.’
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The alleged Fort Lauderdale looters’ arrests came after camera crews from ABC Local 10 filmed the group breaking into Simon’s Sportswear, an athletic clothing retailer with dozens of locations across South Florida.
Video showed various members of the group entering and exiting the store through a broken window – some apparently leaving with merchandise.
That charge is a felony and holds the possibility of a longer sentencing, she said.
Of the adults, four were men – Kenneth Pinkney, 18; Tyrell Pratt, 23; Michael Brown, 21; and Rossano Nakia Henry Jr, 22 – and two women: Zara Dumornay, 20, and Teonhki Robinson, 38;
Brown was arrested on his birthday.
Also on Sunday the FLPD posted up mugshots of two men it claimed had been breaking and entering overnight.
The department confirmed on Twitter that it suspected Ryan Cook and Max Saintvil, both 28, of breaking into six homes overnight.
‘Can’t say we didn’t warn you…’ the tweet added, referring to Saturday’s threat to arrest ‘anyone who intends to victimize our neighbors.’