Migrants Arrested for Looting Town Wrecked By Hurricane
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As Floridians continue to pick up the pieces in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, looters are trying to take advantage of the situation.
Officials from Lee County, Florida, which took a direct hit from the hurricane, announced that they had made four arrests for looting — and three of the four are in the U.S. illegally.
“When I say zero tolerance, I mean zero tolerance,” Sheriff Carmine Marceno said. “I’m proud to say they’re behind bars where they belong.”
“All three of these subjects are here illegally in this country — Robert Mena, Brandon Araya, Stephen Araya — all arrested for stealing bottles on Fort Myers Beach during the hurricane. They were located and arrested. And I’m going to tell I’m not tolerating it again.”
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) echoed Marceno’s sentiments after the arrest of suspects Omar Mejia Ortiz, 33; Valerie Celeste Salcedo Mena, 26; Brandon Mauricio Araya, 20; and Steve Eduardo Sanchez Araya, 20.
“If I could, I would take those three looters, I would drag them out by the collars and I would send them back to where they came from,” DeSantis said. “These are people, they are foreigners, they are illegally in our country, and not only that they try to loot and ransack in the aftermath of a natural disaster.”
All four suspects were charged with burglary of an unoccupied structure during a state of emergency.
The sheriff warned the public that not all looters will get off as lucky.
“I’m not playing. We’re not playing. We have law and order and great residents will be safe and secure. We’ve had arrests on these incidents,” Marceno said. “You might walk in. You’ll be carried out.”
28 comments on Migrants Arrested for Looting Town Wrecked By Hurricane
Send these looters to Delaware or California.
drop them off at Pelosi’s house
And we will be very happy to send our criminal law breakers to YOUR neck of the woods…
we dont need these crooks in this country taking advantage of american who dont need to lose more! these looters dont belong in this country stealing from the people of this country ! thats how most of them illegals live in the countrys they left !stealing from one another ,!we dont need that kind here ! we have the biden administration that doesthat allready !
We’re already supporting them.involuntarily with our taxes, what more can we do except prepare for the worst. We don’t know what Biden and Obama are up to next.
A free cot and 3 hots. Not bad.
I am not sure by what they stole. 3 bottles? God didn’t create us to hate and not respect each other. We are all immigrants and I don’t know about what they actually stole which is wrong but they shouldnt be mistreated anymore than a regular person who steals something. You all behave as if they killed someone. People are people there is good and bad in all of us. It’s not up to us to judge each other.
They broke the law, but we are supposed to bend over backwards for them, really?? If this was a citizen, they would be treated no different!!
Catherine, you talk like a brain dead demonRAT. Taking what’s not yours, is call stealing. You might want too look that word up.
Bleeding liberal! I’m sick of them. I wish we could deport illegals and our liberals
Are you for real Catherine? These people came into this country ILLEGALLY. GOT IT?? We welcome LEGAL immigrants, but illegals have no rights to live in our country let alone eat, hide, steal, etc. If you think illegal immigrants are O.K., then why don’t we send them to your house and you can take care of them. ANGRY??? You bet I am. I pay my taxes and I don’t have either the money or the will to house illegal anything.
We should not have to support these illegals in our jails. Get them a one way ticket back to their own country
This reporting is shameful. The headline, while technically trUe to the facts as reported in the article, is incendiary, giving the impression that there has been widespread looting for financial gain. In the story, however, we find that only 4 people (3 of them here illegally) are documented as being responsible. De Santis says that “all 3” of those arrested were here illegally—an inaccurate statement designed to sound more damning for his anti-migrant agenda than “3 out of 4.” And what did these miscreants steal? BOTTLES! Why bottles? Were they somehow able to still turn them in for pennies apiece? Were they planning to use them to store whatever clean water they could still come by? Were these people desperate? The article doesn’t say. De Santis doesn’t care—he’s too busy touting his zero tolerance policy. The reporter doesn’t care—he’s too concerned with eye-catching sensationalism to bother with the journalistic “why” question (which might have required some real reporting). All around, a shoddy piece of work.
I totally agree.
Why? Maybe you should house, feed, provide medical care for these illegals. I don’t care if they stole a tooth pick. THEY STOLE. THEY ARE HERE ILLEGALLY. End of story.
Declare martial law and shoot to kill orders.
Over empty bottles???
Send them back with a one way ticket to their own country
That is what the Immigration Courts are for. They do a pretty good job of getting rid of/deporting non-citizen criminals.
Good luck with that
TIME TO SEND THOSE TERRORISTS BACK TO WHERE THEY CAME FROM………HISPANICS THINK THEY CAN GET AWAY WITH ANYTHING HERE IN OUR UNITED STATES………..ITS TIME TO GIVE BACK TO THOSE ILLEGALS, JUST EXACTLY WHAT THEY ARE DOING HERE AND MAGA………THEY HAVE PROVEN THEMSELVES TO BE THE EVIL…….SO ITS TIME TO SHOW THEM HOW EVIL IS HANDLED HERE IN OUR USA.
Yeah, I would be pretty pissed off if they killed my cat. But empty bottles???
What about ALL the others who stay under the radar, doing work that the MAGA Americans do not deign to do? And do not forget about the Caucasian, African American, Latin American American citizens who shoot up our schools, rob our places of business and traffic our young women and girls? Crime knows no color or ethnicity. Lets start with our own – Evil is not acceptable.
Find a Wall, 3 Cigarettes, 3 Blindfolds, 6 Guns, 6 Shooters.. ALL SET !
We have immigration laws folks. Doesnt matter what they are stealing. What part of ILLEGAL do people not understand. These criminals are stealing more than bottles. They are stealing your hard earned money by way of your taxes. Your paying for all these freebies they get when they come here. Geeze!!!
The problem with LIBTURDS, DEMONRAT’S, COMMUNISTS & SOCIALISTS is they DON’T HAVE COMMON SENSE
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