Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis had a short warning for thugs who may be tempted by the chaos and devastation caused by Hurricane Ian.
At his Friday evening press conference, the Republican governor expressed concern that destroyed areas of southwest Florida may be prone to spams of lawlessness. He also urged criminals to tread lightly.
“The other thing that we’re concerned about, particularly in those areas that were really hard hit, is we want to make sure we’re maintaining law and order,” said DeSantis.
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“Don’t even think about looting. Don’t even think about taking advantage of people in this vulnerable situation,” he continued. “Local law enforcement is involved in monitoring that … because you can have people bringing boats into some of these [southwest Florida] islands and trying to ransack people’s homes.”
“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’re a Second Amendment state.”
DeSantis reiterated that message on Saturday morning.
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In a tweet that included the video of his original comments, he added, “Florida is a law and order state. Looting and lawlessness will not be tolerated.”