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As Hurricane Irma raged, thieves sledgehammered way into Little River businesses

13 September 2017 Filthy Criminals


It looked as if Hurricane Irma’s powerful winds had swirled through the 14 businesses that occupy the Junction Lofts building in Miami’s Little River district. File cabinets were overturned. Pictures were ripped off walls. Papers were strewn about.

There had been break-ins at The Lofts in the past, Fowler said. But nothing comparable to the damage done Sunday night. She also said it was too early for a damage estimate. Most of the companies at The Lofts are owned by young up-and-coming artists and incubators, she said.

“It wasn’t shuttered,” Fowler said. “The metal doors were supposedly hurricane strength. They just smashed them in.”

It’s not unusual for break-ins during big storms when unmanned businesses and shuttered empty homes can be easy pickings for criminals. Also ransacked during the storm were two Footlocker stores, one in Fort Lauderdale and another at Midtown Miami.

Real estate developer Craig Robins, who is designing huge chunks of the Design District makeover in Miami, said thieves also tried to break into several stores there on Sunday night. But they were chased away by security, he said.

“Our team was really on it and prepared,” he said.

As Hurricane Irma raged, thieves sledgehammered way into Little River businesses

It looked as if Hurricane Irma’s powerful winds had swirled through the 14 businesses that occupy the Junction Lofts building in Miami’s Little River district. File cabinets were overturned. Pictures were ripped off walls. Papers were strewn about.


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