Looters arrested in Fort Myers in wake of Hurricane Ian mayhem

Police in Florida arrested a group of looters in a blighted section of Fort Myers on Thursday, according to a local reporter.

Reporter Gage Goulding from NBC 2 tweeted a video out of five young suspects sitting in handcuffs in the beach area of ​​the stricken city.

“Sheriff’s deputies told me Thursday afternoon that these people were arrested for looting on Fort Myers Beach,” Goulding tweeted.

Local officials warned of the potential for looting after Hurricane Ian tore through the area, leaving countless buildings battered and exposed.

Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno issued a stark warning to would-be thieves this week as the Category 4 storm made landfall in his jurisdiction.

“For any of the individuals who think they’re going to go out there and loot or prey on people during this horrible event – you better think twice,” Marceno. “When I say zero tolerance, zero tolerance means we’ll hunt you down, track you down, and you’ll go to jail. If you’re lucky.”

A picture of a group of people looting from others in the wake of Hurricane Ian.
Police in Florida arrested a group of looters Thursday in a ruined part of Fort Myers.
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He added that the department had received a report of a local gas station that was looted during the storm.

Fort Myers officials are still conducting search and rescue missions in the storm’s wake as emergency crews descended on the city of 85,000.

A piece of decor from a destroyed business or boat is located in Fort Myers.

Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno said the department had received a report of a local gas station that was looted during the storm.


A photo of a man walking through a street among damaged homes and businesses and debris in Fort Myers Beach.

Fort Myers officials are still conducting search and rescue missions in the wake of the hurricane.


City officials issued an evacuation order the day before the storm made landfall, but some residents stayed put.

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