Florida PDs Shame Looters On Social Media After 32 Are Arrested During Hurricane Irma

Florida’s police departments have taken to humiliating alleged looters online in a bid to curb thefts in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

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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Miami PD joined in the fun, posting a picture of 10 men in a jail cell with the caption, ‘Thinking about looting? Ask these guys how that turned out. #stayathome’

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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.

In total six adults and three adults were arrested in connection with that break-in and charged with ‘burglary during a natural disaster,’ Casey Liening of the FLPD said.

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.

ABC Local 10 also reported that a group vandalized a Foot Locker in the city. It is not clear whether the two groups were the same or not.

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.’

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