Looters Arrested in Fort Myers During Hurricane Ian Chaos
Looters were captured picking through the rubble of what’s left of the City of Fort Myers Beach made an unscheduled, but much deserved trip to the Lee County Jail, aka the “Marceno Motel”
Apparently, the looters didn’t heed the warning of Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno.
“For any of those individuals that think they are going to go out there and loot or prey on people during this horrific event — you better think twice.” “When I say zero tolerance, zero tolerance means we will hunt you down, track you down, and you’re going to jail. If you’re lucky.”
Similar warnings were given from Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody who refreshed Florida State Attorney’s on the Statutes reference criminals caught in the act during a State of Emergency. In particular Moody reminded them that state law requires no defendant who is charged with committing a theft crime in an area under a declared state of emergency shall be released prior to a first appearance hearing.
Governor DeSantis issues a warning to would-be looters: "I would not take that chance. Florida is a Second Amendment state."
— DeSantis War Room 🐊 #FloridaStrong (@DeSantisWarRoom) September 30, 2022
Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody is warning people not to loot during the state of emergency resulting from widespread destruction caused by Hurricane Ian. https://t.co/8628oN5kjO
— The Center Square (@thecentersquare) September 30, 2022
Sheriff’s deputies told me Thursday afternoon these people were arrested for looting on Fort Myers Beach. pic.twitter.com/j8JKRremlP
— Gage Goulding – NBC2 (@GageGoulding) September 30, 2022
“Floridians displaced by Hurricane Ian have enough to worry about without having to fear theft or burglary at the hands of offenders previously arrested for crimes during the state of emergency,” Moody said. “These unscrupulous offenders must remain locked up where they can no longer prey on vulnerable Floridians. I strongly urge state attorneys to seek pretrial detention to the fullest extent possible for any criminal heartless enough to victimize Floridians during this extremely challenging time.”
Last but not least was Governor, Ron DeSantis who made the possible consequences of looting quite clear.
“I would not take that chance. Florida is a Second Amendment state.”
The four arrested by Lee County Sheriff Marceno’s Deputies were:
ARAYA, BRANDON MAURICIO: Burglary to an Unoccupied Structure during a State of Emergency, $30,000 Bond. & Grant Theft between $750 and $5,000, $5,000 bond.
MEJIA ORTIZ, OMAR: Burglary to an Unoccupied Structure during a State of Emergency, $30,000 Bond. & Petit Theft between $150 and $750, $5,000 bond.
SANCHEZ ARAYA, STEVE EDUARDO: Burglary to an Unoccupied Structure during a State of Emergency, $30,000 Bond. & Grant Theft between $750 and $5,000, $5,000 bond.
SALCEDO MENA, VALERIE CELESTE: Burglary to an Unoccupied Structure during a State of Emergency, $30,000 Bond, Grand Theft between 750 and 5,000 $5,000 bond.
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