Few things rile people up more than when a devastating natural disaster rolls through and opportunists prey on people’s suffering by stealing their stuff. Unfortunately, we got to see some that in Florida during Hurricane Irma.
Dozens of looters broke into businesses in Miami and Fort Lauderdale this weekend, according to Fox News. Some of the key items they stole were bags, shoes, and laptops.
But up north in Jacksonville, an alleged theft by two looting suspects is raising eyebrows and drawing a lot of ridicule on social media after the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office tweeted a photo.
The photo shows a very long power pole precariously tied down to a much shorter SUV with two suspects in the foreground handcuffed and sitting on the curb. And this happens to be in a state where millions of people are still without power, according to NPR.
Blake Lee Waller, 42, and Victor Walter Apeler, 46, were arrested on grand theft charges, according to Fox News. Apeler claims they were moving the downed power pole because it was almost in the roadway, but police are doubting his story because the pole was tied to the SUV and Apeler has an extensive history of recycling scrap metal.
John Engel of WOKV posted the scene from another angle on Twitter:
According to WPXI, another Twitter user noted that "A pole like that will draw questions when offered for recycling.”
A motive for the reported theft is still unknown.
As for the looters in the Miami and Fort Lauderdale area, 50 of them felt the long arm of the law when they were arrested. Some even were caught after cameras from a local TV station record their thefts in broad daylight.
What do you think of this? In other Irma news, a hugely popular actress is now claiming that she did not actually suggest President Trump is to blame for the hurricane.