Miami Looters Taken Down by Poice at Gunpoint

Miami Looters Taken Down by Poice at Gunpoint
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Looters in Miami didn't get far.

A video that was shot on Sunday by NBC6 shows looters carrying shoes when police arrived and took them down at gunpoint.

An organized group of about a dozen suspects were spotted breaking into a store in midtown Miami. They were spotted with clothing and shoes.

Police later tweeted out a photo, that showed about 10 suspects arrested for looting, NBC6 reported.

Dozens of people were arrested across Florida, NBC also reported

"Going to prison over a pair of sneakers is a fairly bad life choice," Fort Lauderdale Police Chief Rick Maglione said in a statement.

"Stay home and look after your loved ones and be thankful they are all safe," he said.

Irma was downgraded to a tropical storm on Monday, but not before leaving millions of customers without power and likely billions of dollars in damage done.

According to Reuters, Irma, once ranked as one of the most powerful hurricanes recorded in the Atlantic, hit a wide swath of Florida over the past day, first making landfall on the Florida Keys archipelago and then coming ashore south of Naples before heading up the west coast.

Now a tropical storm with sustained winds of up to 70 miles per hour, Irma was located about 35 miles west of Gainesville and headed up the Gulf Coast, the National Hurricane Center said at 8 a.m. ET.

As it traveled through the center of the state early on Monday, Irma brought gusts of up to 100 mph and torrential rain to areas around Orlando, one of the most popular areas for tourism in Florida because of its cluster of theme parks, the National Weather Service said.

Over the weekend, Irma claimed its first U.S. fatality—a man found dead in a pickup truck that had crashed into a tree in high winds in the town of Marathon, in the Florida Keys, local officials said.

Ahead of Irma's arrival, some 6.5 million people in southern Florida, about a third of the state's population, were ordered to evacuate their homes. Some 200,000 were housed in shelters during the storm, according to federal officials.

Reuters contributed to this report.
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