Low-life criminals in Florida and Texas have hopefully learned something during the tragedies of Harvey and Irma, Americans will not tolerate taking advantage of victims. Deputy Chief of Police Luis Cabrera stated it well at a press conference;
“I said we would not tolerate criminal activity or looting or anybody who takes advantage of our residents. I was not joking.” The proof of his seriousness is in the numbers. More than 50 looters have been arrested in the Miami area since Hurricane Irma hit this weekend. Officials are now lifting the 7 pm curfew that had been in place, signaling they believe the worst of the scum is off the streets.
Officers will still be working 12-hour shifts around the clock to ensure order is kept. Miami Commissioner Frank Carollo expressed his disgust with the looters, “You have to be heartless to prey on individuals, businesses, and people in this time of need. This is a time for all of us to come together and we, in the city of Miami and police department, will not tolerate it.”
Approximately half of those arrested were found looting the same Walmart location. Miami-Dade Police Department Spokesman Alvaro Zabaleta said the store is on the north side of the city.
Miami was not the only city affected by looters. Fort Lauderdale Police Chief Rick Maglione told residents to simply stay home with their families during the storm;
“Going to prison over a pair of sneakers is a fairly bad life choice.” To prove his point he posted this picture on Facebook.
Similar incidents of looting took place in Texas during Hurricane Harvey. Those criminals did not fare much better as police and residents protected their communities. We can certainly hope for disasters like this to not happen. Barring that, thieves need to know they will not get off easy for taking advantage of them
Sources: Daily Mail