Posted: 1:31 PM, September 10, 2017Updated: 5:26 PM, September 10, 2017
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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Fort Lauderdale police arrested 9 people caught by Local 10 cameras looting Fort Lauderdale business despite the dangerous winds and heavy rain from Hurricane Irma
Local 10 cameras caught a group breaking into the Simon's Sportswear on Sunrise Blvd. and Powerline Road.
The group of about 8-9 people broke through the front window and were seen walking in and then walking out with stolen items.
The group then began looting a Footlocker and CashAmerica Pawn Store in the same area.
Hours later, the Fort Lauderdale Police Department tweeted that they had caught the criminals.
"Going to prison over a pair of sneakers is a fairly bad life choice," said Fort Lauderdale police chief Rick Maglione. "Stay home and look after your loved once and be thankful they are all safe."
The Broward Sheriff's Office immediately reacted to Local 10's report, tweeting "ATTENTION LOOTERS; Every incident will be investigated. Evidence collected will be used to pursue charges after the fact."
Meanwhile, the Pembroke Pines Police Department issued a stern warning, tweeting "Any looters who come to Pembroke Pines will be greeted by our officers. Choose wisely and stay home."
South Florida law enforcement officials promised to police the streets to prevent looting, but with unsafe winds currently pummeling the region, it's not known if units are currently on patrol.