Police have arrested more than a dozen people for looting in Fort Lauderdale as Hurricane Irma pounds the state.
Fort Lauderdale police Chief Rick Maglione says they arrested nine people on suspicion of looting a pawn shop and a shoe store.
“Going to prison over a pair of sneakers is a fairly bad life decision. Stay home and look after your loved ones and be thankful they are all safe.”
Looting has been a major concern for residents and is usually a reason why they won't leave their homes.
National Guard troops and police officers tend to patrol the streets to quell these fears, but in the case of Irma most public safety agencies have pulled them from the streets temporarily.
Several counties have issued curfews to reduce instances of looting when the winds died down.