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TV stations catch people breaking into stores during Hurricane Irma

Video shows looters at the Shops at Midtown Miami

Miami police are investigating reports of looters at the Shops at Midtown Miami.
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Miami police are investigating reports of looters at the Shops at Midtown Miami.

As Hurricane Irma lashed Florida with heavy winds and rain, TV stations captured groups of people breaking into stores.

Footage from WPLG Local 10 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, shows multiple people breaking through the front window Simon's Sportswear, entering the store and walking out with various items.

According to WPLG Local 10, the looters had also broken into other stores in the nearby area, including Footlocker and CashAmerica Pawn Store.

The Fort Lauderdale police department later arrested 9 people related to the incident.

"Going to prison over a pair of sneakers is a fairly bad life choice. Stay home and look after your loved ones and be thankful they are all safe," Fort Lauderdale police chief Rick Maglione wrote on Twitter.

Multiple police departments tweeted a stern warnings against looting.

Later, WSVN in Miami captured another incident of groups of people breaking into a shoe store and loading vehicles up with boxes of shoes.

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