Fort Lauderdale sportswear store owner learns of looting on Local 10 News

Video only seen on Local 10 News showed looters ransacking a Fort Lauderdale Simon’s Sportswear as Hurricane Irma swept through the area.

That’s how the owner, Ilan Shimon, found out about it.

“I was at home and I was amazed to see the looting of the store,” Shimon said.

Looters were going through a broken window, stealing whatever merchandise they could find.

“Everything was removed,” Shimon said. “We had a lot of clothes here. You see the mannequin? There’s not even one piece of clothes left. They even took the safe.”

Shimon’s head of security, Serge Sidon, captured the aftermath on cellphone video.

“There’s no more. Its done,” Sidon said on the cellphone video. “Everything is completely gone, guys.”

“The store was devastated and I couldn’t believe my eyes,” he said later.

Following that looting, nine people were arrested — six adults seen on video and three minors.

Fort Lauderdale store wasn’t the only one hit. Eight out of the 29 that he owns were looted.

Surveillance video also caught a large group breaking into his store in Liberty City. The looters actually entered the store through a neighboring business and broke down the wall in the process.

Despite losing hundreds of thousands of dollars, management said they will be back stronger than ever.

“Our main focus right now is to stick together as a family, pull through on this and just start getting our stores back in order,” the vice president of operations, Yair Rivero, said.

About $250,000 worth of merchandise was stolen inside one store alone.

They are still trying to figure out how much was taken from the other stores.Management said they will now have two security guards at all stores at all times.

The owner hopes to have the Fort Lauderdale store open by Friday. 

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Car wash can’t reopen due lack of power

Ryan Cain’s car wash still doesn’t have power after Hurricane Irma.

“Generally, you can’t hear yourself in this room,” Cain said, while walking in a back room that houses an engine. 

Majestic Car Wash owner Ryan Cain hasn’t had power at his business for nine days, while it appears all the neighboring businesses do.

“FPL keeps dragging us along day, by day, by day. It’s going to be Sunday, then Monday, Tuesday, here we are Wednesday and no answers, no truck,” he said.

Cain was reluctant to complain about his power problems on camera but he feels bad for his employees because he has had to close.

“Look, I get it. There is a lot of heartache out there,” he said. “It may be one house. It may be five houses but it is 16 employees.”

He is also losing a lot of business.

“Here is a customer right now,” Cain said, pointing at a truck pulling up to the car wash. “It happens all day. It is killing me.”

He said the lack of power is costing him somewhere between $30,000 to $40,000 a week.

Meanwhile, his competition is cleaning up.

For now, Cain said he is expecting to install a generator and will continue to call for linemen to restore his power.


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Man shot in leg while trying to fight off armed robbers at Fort Lauderdale gas station

A man was pumping gas at a Citgo station in Fort Lauderdale earlier this month when two men got out of a nearby car and tried to snatch his necklace. The victim fought back and was shot in the leg.

Fort Lauderdale police on Wednesday released surveillance video of the Sept. 5 armed robbery that happened in the middle of the day.

Police said one of the men had a gun when they approached the victim at the gas station on Northwest 31st Avenue and demanded the necklace that he was wearing. When he refused, one of the men grabbed the victim’s neck and tried to snatch the jewelry.

The victim tried to fight off his attacker, but the other man shot the victim in his leg.

Surveillance video showed the robbers run into their car and drive away after the shooting.

Anyone with information is asked to call police or Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.

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FLL temporarily evacuates Terminal 2

Authorities evacuated the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport’s Terminal 2 Saturday morning.

Erin Brinkworth, who was at FLL and shared photos with Local 10 News, believed they were asked to walk out due to a fire. 

Inquiries to FLL and the Broward Sheriffs Office were pending. 

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Police looking for couple who stole dog from owner’s arms

Fort Lauderdale police are looking for a man and a woman who allegedly stole a dog from the arm’s of its owner.

The incident occurred late Thursday in the 400 block of Northwest 1st Avenue.

While walking her dog, the victim was approached by two suspects who asked if they could have the pet.

When the victim said “no,” the suspects grabbed the dog from the woman’s arms and fled the scene.

Anyone with information on the incident is urged to call Detective Sean Reddish at 954-828-5676 or Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS


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Sewage odors seeps into powerless Edgewater neighborhood

When Hurricane Irma made landfall, residents of the Edgewater community lost power fairly quickly.

They’ve now gone four days now without it.

Folks in the neighborhood are a hearty bunch, but waiting for power is beginning to take its toll.

While Florida Power & Light crews were spotted Wednesday on the other side of Interstate 95, those residents just east of it along State Road 84 said they haven’t seen any crews working near them and the frustration is building.

They understand there were massive outages, but they said it is not unusual for them to be a forgotten neighborhood.

To add insult to injury, sewer pumps nearby don’t have power and smelly waste water is filling their backyards.

“The result is that more than 48 hours with raw (sewage) coming out at the manhole right behind me and now I think there is a break because there is sewer (water) coming out of the pavement,” Roland Salerno said.

Brenda Squires said she’s lost all her food due to the power outage.

“I lost all my food. I have nothing. No generator, nothing,” she said.

Squires said she has lupus and is under treatment for breast cancer.

“The heat’s really, you know, hard on me,” she said. “Luckily, I got all my medications beforehand, but if anything happens, it will be tough.”

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