No, it wasn’t Irma that destroyed 14 businesses in Miami’s Little River District. It was looters armed with sledgehammers who ransacked and robbed, leaving file cabinets overturned, pictures ripped off walls and papers strewn about.
Looters tore through the building Sunday night as the storm made its way through South Florida. The thieves used a sledgehammer powerful enough to tear through metal doors that were supposed to keep the building safe from hurricane-force winds.
A TV missing from a wall:
Stuart Jordan, who owns Edge Orthopedics in the Junction Lofts, said once inside the thieves stole everything they could, then decided to make a mess of it.
“There’s a special place in hell for people like that,” he said.
Joy Fowler works for the building’s landlor Steven Karvellas. She said as soon as it got dark out, the thieves smashed their way into the building at 7151 NE Second Ave., and wiped out each business.
“The tenants are mortified”
As soon as the people evacuated and the storm was approaching, looters came stealing everything in sight in the 14 businesses. The owners are shocked even though there have been a few robberies in the past. They plan on hiring a security guard for the property. So much has been lost…Let’s hope they catch the looters.
Here’s a video from Florida showing the looting going on and some arrests:
Read more here: Miami Herald