UPDATED: SWAT End Standoff With Armed Looters at Sporting Goods Store In Orlando
Florida looters are targeting stores in areas impacted by Hurricane Irma. A SWAT operation in Orlando involving armed looters barricaded in a sporting goods is over.
“Burglary call at sporting goods store has been peacefully resolved. Two suspects in custody. No officers hurt,” say Orlando Police.
Burglary call at sporting goods store has been peacefully resolved. Two suspects in custody. No officers hurt: pic.twitter.com/nJppsK7MYq
— Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) September 11, 2017
Both suspects involved in armed standoff taken into custody #Irma
— Stewart Moore (@Stewartmoore) September 11, 2017
A SWAT operation was reportedly underway in Orange County Sunday as looters were attempting to steal guns from a sporting goods store.
According to local media, the standoff was ongoing at the ‘Academy Sports’ store as Hurricane Irma moved through the area. The scene is at 3557 Gardens Ridge Way—-near the Mall at Millenia.
One suspect has surrendered and another was barricaded inside and believed to be armed with stolen guns from the store.
There were no immediate reports of injuries.
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— Karla Ray (@KRayWFTV) September 11, 2017
As TGP previously reported a WPLG camera crew caught looters breaking into stores in Fort Lauderdale as Hurricane Irma batters Florida.
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Despite dangerous winds and heavy rain from Hurricane Irma, several looting incidents have been reported in Fort Lauderdale.
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.
A group then began looting a Footlocker in the same area. It’s not known whether the groups were the same.
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.
Another viral video shows looters caught stealing shoes from a Miami Foot Locker. The police arrive towards the end of the looting.
— Joshua Dov Caplan (@joshdcaplan) September 10, 2017