Lee County, FL: A Florida county sheriff just announced that his department has recently arrested 7 people for trespassing and looting in an area that has been devastated by Hurricane Ian a few weeks ago.
The sheriff, Carmine Marceno, told local, state and national press that they will not tolerate looters coming to affected areas to take advantage of struggling Floridians.
Many residents are still at their lowest points in life. Some have even lost family members to the powerful Category 4 storm that ravaged much of the west coast, particularly Fort Myers, in Lee County.
Sheriff Marceno’s message was loud and clear.
According to a Daily Mail column, it stated:
“The men, who are seen on video being led away in handcuffs, were called ‘the lowest form of scum’ for preying ‘on others directly impacted by Hurricane Ian’ by Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno.”
The column continued:
“’There will absolutely be law and order in Lee County, and those who think they will commit crime are gravely mistaken,’ he added.”
Hurricane Ian ripped through Florida, but Fort Myers was among the cities that was most impacted.
The images of the aftermath made many parts of the city look like it has been the center of a massive war, with hundreds of homes destroyed, structures completely indistinguishable from one another, and boats piled on top of one another like they fell from the sky.
In total, over of a hundred Floridians have lost their lives, most due to drowning. An 80-year-old woman was even found dead in a tree. More than two weeks later, hundreds of thousands of homes are still without power.
Many of Floridians are now homeless because of the hurricane- which caused $60 billion in damages.
When an incredible storm like Hurricane Ian annihilates an area, it is almost always expected to attract lowlife-looters looking for an easy score. Their complete lack of empathy and morality drives them to pray on those suffering great loss.
As did with this Hurricane. Just recently, 7 of them were busted.
According to the Daily Mail column, it stated:
“Eli Francisco Acevedo Marin, 48, Eli Yadiel Acevedo Ayala, 19, Luis Enrique Cedeno Morales, 57, Axel Martinez Quiles, 18, and Benigno Ortiz Diaz, 40, were charged with two counts of burglary during a state of emergency and two counts of grand theft of a fire extinguisher.”
“Another two men were arrested after they allegedly stole construction from a Hampton Inn parking lot in Fort Myers beach. Al King Chapman, 33 and Rodney Rogers, 59, were charged with grand theft.”
This group of looters were from the central Florida. According to reports, five of the men were looting a home and traveling in a fake work van with a fictitious magnetic company sign on it. They were allegedly going into residential homes to loot.
Authorities reported that a keen local resident spotted the men and believed the work van and the men inside ‘were suspicious’, so he notified police.
Sheriff Marceno wanted to set an example for any other potential looters considering taking advantage.
All 7 looters were handcuffed, and the sheriff made sure media outlets took as many pictures as necessary as they paraded the lowlife thieves to jail.
Just after the Hurricane left Florida more than two weeks ago, Sheriff Marceno told the media in a press conference to warn any future looters.
In the press conference, he stated:
“A message that’s very clear for any of those individuals that think they’re 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. We’re not going to tolerate that.”
His serious tone resonated to the audience, but not to the looters. After he announced the arrest of the latest set of looters, he referred to them as ‘the lowest form of scum.’
And he’s dead on.
Unfortunately, criminals don’t typically take the advice of warnings. Most criminals also don’t believe they will get caught, and most criminals are not bright people either. So when the next looters get arrested, they should expect swift Florida justice.
Other Sheriff warnings to looters.
Polk County Sheriff Judd to Floridians on looters: “You shoot him so he looks like grated cheese!”
Posted October 9, 2022
Polk County, FL: The outspoken and popular Polk County Sheriff, Grady Judd, has publicly told Floridians to defend their property, with deadly force, if necessary, against looters looking to cash in on the devastation Hurricane Ian has left behind.
According to Sheriff Judd, he wants looters to ‘look like grated cheese’ if they encounter an armed Floridian willing to protect their property.
Hurricane Ian, a category 4 storm, left much of the west coast of Florida in ruins after enormous amounts of rain and extremely strong winds ripped through the area.
According to a Fox Weather column:
“Ian made landfall Sept. 28 in the Fort Myers area as a Category 4 hurricane. The ferocious 150-mph winds pushed ashore feet of water from the Gulf of Mexico that tore through homes and businesses along the coast.”
“The following day, Ian crossed the Florida Peninsula diagonally and dumped flooding rain on the interior and blew in storm surge along the opposite coast from where it made landfall.”
The hurricane left over 13 million without power, millions of dollars in damage and growing, and took over 100 Floridian lives, many of whom were senior citizens.
After a devastating event like that will always come opportunists looking for an easy score. With many homes being either vacation or seasonal homes, it made it even more appealing to low-lives looking to loot.
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office in Florida said they made multiple arrests for looting after Hurricane Ian slammed the southwestern portion of the state.https://t.co/ia5N0vrboZ
— ABC News 4 (@ABCNews4) October 3, 2022
And as expected, it brought on some looters.
Following the Hurricane’s aftermath, police arrested four illegal aliens for allegedly looting and taking advantage of residents in peril, many who lost everything.
The looters are lucky to be alive.
As Governor Ron DeSantis reminded everyone in Florida that they are a second amendment state and unlike their blue state counterparts, they don’t protect criminals.
In a press conference issued by Gov. DeSantis, he stated:
“Don’t even think about looting, don’t even think about taking advantage of people in this vulnerable situation.”
“‘You could have people bringing boats into some of these islands and trying to ransack people’s homes,’ DeSantis said. ‘I can tell you in the state of Florida, you never know what may be lurking behind somebody’s home. And I would not want to chance that if I were you given that we are a second amendment state.’”
Polk Country Sheriff Judd doubled down on the Governor’s warning to anybody considering looting neighborhoods affected by the storm.
Sheriff Judd is similarly known for his abrasive, hold-no-punches-back approach to crime and criminals. He is well known in the law enforcement community around the nation for his epic quotes during press conferences.
Judd once called an intruder arrested for stealing Christmas gifts from a single mother a ‘grinch with eggnog for brains.’
In another statement regarding a homicide investigation, he told reporters to ‘chill out, eat a moon pie, quit murdering people.’
A fan favorite- Sheriff Judd spoke of capturing a fugitive. He told the press the fugitive had ‘a rush of testosterone and a rush of idiocy.’
Those are just three of his unique statements- among countless others.
Now he added another instant classic warning would be looters of what could happen and what he hopes to see happen.
In a press conference, Sheriff Judd stated:
“‘People have a right to be safe in their homes. They have a right to their property, to be safe even when part of their home maybe torn away,’ Judd said. ‘And these looters, that’s unacceptable. Absolutely unacceptable. I would highly suggest that if a looter breaks into your home, comes into your home while you’re there to steal stuff that you take your gun and you shoot him.”
“You shoot him so he looks like grated cheese because you know what? That’s one looter that will not break into anyone else’s home and take advantage of them when they’re the most vulnerable and the most weak.”
Polk County Sheriff Judd and Gov. Ron DeSantis both mean business when it comes to protecting property and protecting the livelihoods of those impacted from Hurricane Ian.
It comes at a sensitive time where many people lost everything they had, including the lives of family members and are at their lowest.
They want to know that the government and law enforcement community has their backs- like every state should.
The Governor’s warning.
DeSantis issues stark warning to would-be looters: “Florida is a Second Amendment state”
Posted October 3, 2022
FT MYERS, FLORIDA- “Dear Bad Guys: Don’t say you weren’t warned.”
That is the message sent loud and clear by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis this weekend to serve as a warning to those who might try to take advantage of the natural disaster from Hurricane Ian.
Ok, maybe DeSantis didn’t say it in so many words but his point was pretty clear…it is not a good idea to loot in a Second Amendment fearing state, the New York Post reports.
“Don’t even think about looting. Don’t even think about taking advantage of people in this vulnerable situation. And so local law enforcement is involved in monitoring that,” America’s governor said during a Friday news conference.
“You can have people you know bringing boats into some of these islands and trying to ransack people’s homes. I can tell you, in the state of Florida, you never know what might be lurking behind somebody’s home, and I would not wanna chance that if I were you, given that we’re a Second Amendment state,” he continued.
Florida is a law and order state.
Looting and lawlessness will not be tolerated. pic.twitter.com/8Ma9RuSlPq
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) October 1, 2022
DeSantis spoke to a sign posted on a boarded up business in Punta Gorda, Florida which gave this stark warning: “You loot, we shoot,” according to Florida Politics.
Florida will not tolerate looters taking advantage of #HurricaneIan to prey on vulnerable Floridians. They will be arrested and I have asked state attorneys to seek the longest pretrial detention possible to keep them locked up so they cannot commit new crimes. https://t.co/ORw0qJ1TbB
— AG Ashley Moody (@AGAshleyMoody) September 30, 2022
According to WCJB-20, there have been sporadic looting reports in some of Florida’s hardest hit areas, including Fort Myers, where police arrested five looters attempting to do early Christmas looting. In Levy County, another man was arrested for burglary.
Lee County, Florida:
TRY TO LOOT
I WILL EAT YOUR FACE
— Christina Pushaw 🐊 🇺🇸 (@ChristinaPushaw) October 1, 2022
DeSantis isn’t the only Florida official warning would-be thieves after Ian left parts of Florida totally destroyed or severely damaged.
Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno spoke along the same lines as DeSantis, with Lee County being one of the hardest hit areas of the Sunshine State.
“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,” Marceno said.
“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.”
The fact Ian occurred in Florida and not some free-wheeling state that coddles criminals, like say Illinois or New York, means criminals better think long and hard about whether they want to take a chance for that box of tampons they might be thinking of turning for some quick cash.
In 2020, while cities and states across the U.S were trying to figure more ways to coddle criminals, Florida was working to deal with the problem of looting head on, according to Louder With Crowder.
Along those lines, the state passed common-sense rioting and looting reform that summer to deal with the out-of-control crime that decimated cities such as Minneapolis, Seattle, and Portland, among many other Democrat-run hellholes.
And unlike the political appointees who tend to make up big city police departments up north, Florida sheriffs don’t play. They are by and large fierce supporters of the Second Amendment and in fact some of them aren’t shy about encouraging their citizens to exercise those rights if need be.
For example, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd, one of our favorites was responding to a reporter’s question a few years back, who was questioning him about a shootout between his deputies and a suspect.
In response, Judd said, in part:
“If you surrender peacefully, that’s the way we prefer it. You pull guns on us, you can not only plan on, but you can guarantee we’re gonna shoot you.”
Another video, he was encouraging residents in his county to get their license to carry.
“Get a concealed firearms license, and carry it. And if you need to shoot somebody, shoot ‘em a lot.”
Regarding DeSantis’s warning to looters, it wasn’t long before the dumbest person on cable news (who has a LOT of competition) decided to weigh in, according to Fox News. That brain-dead moron is of course MSNBC host Joy Reid.
Reid attempted to draw a parallel between DeSantis warning looters that they were in a Second Amendment state and suggesting they might want to think twice before looting.
Reid compared his statement to that of “segregationist Miami Sheriff Walter E. Headley, who said in the 1960s, “When the looting starts, the shooting starts.”
“When the looting starts, the shooting starts.”—segregationist Miami sheriff Walter E. Headley, 1967
— Joy-Ann (Pro-Democracy) Reid 😷 (@JoyAnnReid) October 1, 2022
So in other words, Reid must think in that pea-brain of hers that the only ones who loot are minorities. How very racist of her, but not totally unexpected. This is standard operating procedure for Reid, although her racism is usually targeting whites, not her own race.
DeSantis has increasingly become a target for the radical left, as he is viewed as a future threat as a possible GOP presidential candidate. In fact, in most polling he finishes second to former President Donald Trump, who has been signaling he may indeed go for another go at the Oval Office. If he declines, DeSantis becomes the prohibitive favorite as the Republican nominee in 2024.
So Reid, along with the rest of the mainstream media, has gotten her marching orders from the Democratic National Committee to target DeSantis and label him as a “racist, homophobe, Hitleresque tyrant.” None of which is remotely accurate, but it makes for good fodder for the unhinged lunatic left.
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