US More than 50 arrested for looting in Miami during Irma: police

23:40  12 september  2017
23:40  12 september  2017 Source:   Reuters

Police sent to hurricane-hit St. Martin to rein in looting: officials

  Police sent to hurricane-hit St. Martin to rein in looting: officials <p>Hundreds of extra police are being sent to the Caribbean island of St. Martin after reports of people breaking into shops following the devastation of Hurricane Irma, French and Dutch politicians said.</p>The storm tore through the popular holiday island, which is divided between France and the Netherlands, leaving at least five people dead and major shortages of water, petrol and food.

Hurricane Irma Looters Arrested . Link. Embed. Irma Set Plenty of Records Before Weakening Over Florida. Miami -Dade County Police Department said it arrested as many as 28 people for looting during the storm.

(Source: Miami Police Department). FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP/MEREDITH) — Police in Florida have arrested several people who were caught looting during Hurricane Irma .

South bound Interstate 95 is empty as Hurricane Irma approaches on September 9, 2017 in Miami, Florida. Florida is in the path of the Hurricane which may come ashore at category 4.© (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) South bound Interstate 95 is empty as Hurricane Irma approaches on September 9, 2017 in Miami, Florida. Florida is in the path of the Hurricane which may come ashore at category 4.

Miami area police arrested more than 50 suspected looters during Hurricane Irma, including 26 people who were accused of breaking into a single Wal-Mart (WMT.N) store, authorities said on Tuesday.

City officials on Tuesday lifted a local 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew that had been in place since Sunday. As normality began to return, police commanders said officers will work 12-hour shifts, 24 hours a day, to discourage any more criminality.

US tells Americans stranded on St. Martin to 'shelter in place' as Jose approaches

  US tells Americans stranded on St. Martin to 'shelter in place' as Jose approaches The U.S. State Department warned thousands of Americans stranded on the Caribbean island of St. Martin to "shelter in place at a secure location" until Hurricane Jose has passed. The department said approximately 500 U.S. citizens had been evacuated from St. Martin by air, "beginning with those needing urgent medical care." An estimated 6,000 U.S. citizens had been stuck on St. Martin after Hurricane Irma battered the Caribbean earlier this week. The Associated Press reported that U.S. officials deployed C-130s to take Americans to Puerto Rico. Carol Basch, a 53-year-old document analyst from Savannah, Ga.

Looters who used Hurricane Irma as cover to ransack stores in Florida have been shamed by police . More than two dozen have been arrested for looting across Miami and Fort Lauderdale, reports NBC 6.

(Source: Miami Police Department). FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP/MEREDITH) — Police in Florida have arrested several people who were caught looting during Hurricane Irma .

"I said we would not tolerate criminal activity or looting or anybody who takes advantage of our residents," Deputy Chief of Police Luis Cabrera said at a news conference. "I was not joking."

The Wal-Mart incident took place on Saturday night at a store on the north side of the City of Miami, said Miami-Dade Police Department spokesman Alvaro Zabaleta.

Among others suspected of looting were six men arrested on Monday and accused of breaking into stores at the Midtown Miami shopping complex, near the fashionable Wynwood district, before making off with merchandise that included shoes, bags and laptops.

The looting attempts spanned the city, said Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado, from the well-heeled Brickell and downtown neighborhoods to the low-income Liberty City and Little Haiti areas. He said police will stay vigilant as the cleanup goes on.

US tells Americans stranded on St. Martin to 'shelter in place' as Jose approaches

  US tells Americans stranded on St. Martin to 'shelter in place' as Jose approaches The U.S. State Department warned thousands of Americans stranded on the Caribbean island of St. Martin to "shelter in place at a secure location" until Hurricane Jose has passed. The department said approximately 500 U.S. citizens had been evacuated from St. Martin by air, "beginning with those needing urgent medical care." An estimated 6,000 U.S. citizens had been stuck on St. Martin after Hurricane Irma battered the Caribbean earlier this week. The Associated Press reported that U.S. officials deployed C-130s to take Americans to Puerto Rico. Carol Basch, a 53-year-old document analyst from Savannah, Ga.

(Source: Miami Police Department). FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP/MEREDITH) — Police in Florida have arrested several people who were caught looting during Hurricane Irma .

(Source: Miami Police Department). FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP/MEREDITH) — Police in Florida have arrested several people who were caught looting during Hurricane Irma .

Officers have also been busy trawling roads that can be perilous for motorists because power cuts shut off traffic lights at intersections and streets have accumulated shredded vegetation spread by the storm's powerful winds.

"We have never experienced, not even with Hurricane Andrew, the amount of trees that are downed in the city," Regalado told the news conference. Hurricane Andrew hit Florida in 1992.

Since Irma began bearing down on the state late last week, authorities have been warning any would-be looters against taking advantage of the situation.

Rick Maglione, the police chief of Fort Lauderdale, about 30 miles (48 km) north of Miami, told residents to stay home during the storm and look after their loved ones. "Going to prison over a pair of sneakers is a fairly bad life choice," Maglione said in a statement.

Miami police posted a photo on Facebook of several accused looters sitting in a jail cell under the caption: "Thinking about looting? Ask these guys how that turned out. #stayindoors."

(Reporting by Zach Fagenson; Editing by Daniel Wallis and Dan Grebler)

Dutch troops fail to stop looting after Irma: island leader .
The leader of the Dutch side of the island of St. Martin on Monday accused troops deployed from the Netherlands of doing nothing to stop looters in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, a Dutch newspaper reported. "The curfew that was put in place was not controlled, people were looting, soldiers were watching them do it and didn't intervene," William Marlin, prime minister of the Dutch part of the island called Sint Maarten told the NRC daily.He said he had personally reached an agreement on security arrangements with the local police chief and the head of the Dutch navy even before Irma hit on September 6.

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