A local news station caught on camera a group of people breaking into a Fort Lauderdale shoe store during Hurricane Irma on Sunday.
A short time later, the Fort Lauderdale Police Department tweeted that they arrested nine people in connection with the lootings.
— Fort Lauderdale PD (@FLPD411) September 10, 2017
"Going to prison over a pair of sneakers is a fairly bad life choice," Police Chief Rick Maglione said in a statement. "Stay home and look after your loved ones and be thankful they are all safe."
On "Fox & Friends" this morning, Maglione explained as soon as an evacuation was declared for the eastern half of Fort Lauderdale, the police department put out a message informing people that they were there to help, but any looters would be captured and arrested.
He added that committing a burglary during a declared state of emergency is an upgraded crime with enhanced penalties.
He said he believes potential looters have gotten the message, because they had no reported incidents in Fort Lauderdale last night.
"The police stayed behind, and I think we had a unified message down here that this isn't going to be an opportunity for folks to take advantage of a crisis," Maglione said.
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