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Nine people busted for looting in Fort Lauderdale during Hurricane Irma

Miami Police

Groups of thieves in different Florida cities were caught on video looting stores as millions suffered the after affects of Hurricane Irma.

Irma made its first landfall in the U.S. Sunday morning at Cudjoe Key, Florida, packing maximum sustained winds of 130 miles per hour, the National Hurricane Center said.

WPLG captured video of the group breaking through the front window of a sportswear store in Fort Lauderdale.

"I didn't think we would be dealing with looters until after the storm cleared", said Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler.

Stronghold Lauderdale police said they captured nine individuals Sunday on doubt of plundering a pawn shop and adjacent shoe store.

In addition, a 17-year-old boy suspected of burglarizing a home during the hurricane was shot during a confrontation with police.

St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara said after the incident: "I have said over and over that we will not tolerate looting or price gouging".

Deputies were notified after the homeowners were monitoring their homes via surveillance.

"Thinking about looting? Ask these guys how that tuned out", police said on Facebook, sharing an image of several people sitting in a jail cell.

More than 10 people were arrested by the state police on allegations of looting while Fort Lauderdale is battling with hurricane.

Every storm has its class of low life scumbags known as looters. "Choose wisely and stay home", the Pembroke Pines Police Department also tweeted.