Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno is not messing around.
During a Hurricane Ian press conference held Tuesday, Sheriff Marceno said his department arrested four looters —some were in the country illegally.
“As far as looting — we have law and order in Lee County. We have law and order in our great state of Florida, and we always will,” said Marceno. “Right now, we have four cases of looting, and I’m proud to say they’re behind bars where they belong. Our residents are going to be safe.”
According to Fox News, Marceno announced that three of the four looters are illegally in the U.S., saying, “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.”
Marceno’s department has helped with 842 rescues and recovered 55 bodies, he said Tuesday at Getaway Marina, near Matanzas Bridge on Fort Myers Beach.
“We worry about burnout … We worry about a relief factor,” Marceno said. “We’re going to utilize our local, state and federal partners to make sure that we have the sufficient manpower to relieve those that have pushed it beyond the limits and working straight around the clock.”
Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno said Tuesday his crew has helped with 842 rescues and recovered 55 bodies. https://t.co/QV39eYgC6r
— The News-Press (@TheNewsPress) October 4, 2022