At least 32 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

Monday, September 11, 2017
By Paul Martin

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 in to 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

By ARIEL ZILBER and FORREST HANSON
DAILYMAIL.COM
11 September 2017

At least 32 people have been arrested across Florida for trying to loot empty businesses and homes that have been evacuated in preparation for Hurricane Irma – 28 alone in Miami, according to local authorities.

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 were 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 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 utilities 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 were 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 in to a home in the affluent Fort Lauderdale suburb of Weston at around 3:00am Saturday, NBC 6 TV reported.

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