Looters arrested following Hurricane Ian devastating Southwest Florida

Fort Myers Beach, FL - Police arrested a group of looters on a devastated section of Fort Myers Beach on Thursday.

NBC 2 reporter Gage Goulding Tweeted a video of five suspects in handcuffs following the devastation of Hurricane Ian impacting Southwest Florida on Wednesday.

Goulding tweeted "Sheriff’s deputies told me Thursday afternoon these people were arrested for looting on Fort Myers Beach.”

Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno issued a warning following the Category 4 storm making landfall, telling looters "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. 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.”

Fort Myers officials are conducting search and rescue missions in the aftermath of the storm.

City officials issued evacuation orders before the storm made landfall, however some residents stayed put.

President Biden said on Thursday that Hurricane Ian "could be the deadliest hurricane in Florida's history."

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