LOOTERS ARRESTED IN FLORIDA

At least 19 looters are arrested across Florida during Irma crime spree: Thieves prompt SWAT standoff after robbing a store for GUNS while others are caught on camera breaking into a sports shop

  • SWAT officers in Orlando detain one suspect after a standoff which began looters broke into Academy Sports trying to steal guns 
  • Two groups of looters were caught on camera Sunday ransacking two separate sporting goods stores in hurricane-hit South Florida 
  • At least eight people were filmed by an ABC crew breaking into Simon’s Sportswear in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • The group did so amid Hurricane Irma’s destruction across South Florida
  • In midtown Miami, a local reporter watched as at least a dozen looters undertook what appeared to be a well-coordinated theft of a sporting goods shop
  • No one in either group has been identified 
  • A Broward County sheriff’s deputy shot a teenager and arrested another after they allegedly broke into a home in the affluent suburb of Weston 
  • Fort Lauderdale police announced the arrest of two 28-year-old men who are alleged to have broken into six homes late Saturday night 
  • A utility company near Orlando is reporting that residents are complaining of looters posing as utility workers who rob homeowners at gunpoint 

At least 19 people have been arrested in Florida for trying to loot empty businesses and homes that have been evacuated in preparation for Hurricane Irma.

Two people burst into an Orlando sporting store and allegedly stole guns, before facing off with SWAT in a standoff.

Shocking videos also emerged of gangs trying to break into stores and take advantage of deserted properties.

Police was called to the scene after witnesses reported a burglary at Academy Sports near the Mall at Millenia in Orlando, WESH reported.

Soon afterward, SWAT team officers arrived when it became clear the looters were allegedly trying to steal guns.

At least eight people were filmed by a local ABC camera crew breaking into Simon's Sportswear in Fort Lauderdale

At least eight people were filmed by a local ABC camera crew breaking into Simon’s Sportswear in Fort Lauderdale

None of the group of at least eight people have been identified. They were filmed entering the store through a broken window and leaving with store merchandise

None of the group of at least eight people have been identified. They were filmed entering the store through a broken window and leaving with store merchandise

A Foot Locker near the Simon's Sportswear was also looted, ABC reported. It is not sure whether the same group vandalized that store as well

A Foot Locker near the Simon’s Sportswear was also looted, ABC reported. It is not sure whether the same group vandalized that store as well

The Miami Police Department released a photograph Sunday of ten detained men suspected of looting

The Miami Police Department released a photograph Sunday of ten detained men suspected of looting

At least one person surrendered while another barricaded himself in the store and refused, according to WFTV.

SWAT officers reportedly used gas to subdue at least one suspect.

Soon afterward, Orlando Police released a statement announcing that officers took two suspects into custody and that the event was ‘peacefully resolved’.

A local utility company near Orlando is reporting that a number of residents have made disturbing complaints that people posing as utility workers are robbing homeowners at gun point, according to WOFL-TV.

Earlier on Sunday, two groups of looters were caught on camera ransacking two separate sporting goods stores in hurricane-hit South Florida as one alleged looter was shot and at least 12 are arrested, local media reported.

A Broward County sheriff’s deputy shot a teenager and arrested another after they are alleged to have tried to break into a home in the affluent Fort Lauderdale suburb of Weston at around 3:00 am Saturday, NBC 6 TV reported.

Two people burst into an Orlando sporting store and allegedly stole guns, before facing off with SWAT in a standoff. Police were called to the scene after witnesses reported a burglary at Academy Sports (above) near the Mall at Millenia in Orlando

Two people burst into an Orlando sporting store and allegedly stole guns, before facing off with SWAT in a standoff. Police was called to the scene after witnesses reported a burglary at Academy Sports (above) near the Mall at Millenia in Orlando

Local officials said that deputies responded to the home after the owners, who were out of town, noticed that their surveillance system captured the burglars inside.

A deputy opened fire and shot one suspect, 17, and arrested another, it was reported.

The teenager was rushed to hospital with injuries that are considered non-life-threatening.

Meanwhile, at least eight people were filmed by a television camera breaking into and stealing merchandise from a Fort Lauderdale shoe store as Hurricane Irma pummeled South Florida.

Camera crews from ABC Local 10 filmed the group of men and women breaking into Simon’s Sportswear, an athletic clothing retailer with dozens of locations across South Florida.

 

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