CRIME
09/11/2017 12:50 pm ET Updated Sep 11, 2017

Hurricane Irma Looters Caught By News Camera On Alleged Spree

“Going to prison over a pair of sneakers is a fairly bad life choice,” the police chief said.

These suspected Hurricane Irma looters could be gone with the wind ― behind bars.

Fort Lauderdale police said Sunday they arrested nine people after a local news team filmed them allegedly stealing from stores during the storm.

A news crew from ABC affiliate WPLG appeared to capture the thieves red-handed with merchandise as they entered and exited through broken glass at Simon’s Sportswear (watch above). The suspects are also accused of hitting a Cash America Pawn shop, police said.

An additional Foot Locker heist was posted by a WPLG journalist: 

Cops rounded up three teenagers and six adults who face charges that include burglary during a natural disaster, WPLG said. The Fort Lauderdale PD announced Monday that 19 have been arrested overall for burglary during the storm.

Police Chief Rick Maglione called out the shoe pilferers on Twitter. “Going to prison over a pair of sneakers is a fairly bad life choice,” he said in a statement.

The PD also spotlighted two others arrested for Irma-related crimes, noting that they had been warned.

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