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Dozens charged with breaking curfew in Southwest Florida after Irma

Posted at 10:29 PM, Sep 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-20 14:34:26-04

***UPDATE*** The numbers initially reported for Lee County Sheriff's Office arrests (23) was only including arrests made from September 15-18th. LCSO says the total number of people charged during the entirety of the Curfew is 83. 

Naples Police charged two people for violating the curfew while it was in place.

Fort Myers Police charged 13 people for breaking curfew.

This means a total of at least 137 people were charged with breaking curfew in southwest Florida after Hurricane Irma.

***ORIGINAL STORY***

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- The mandatory curfews issued in Charlotte, Lee and Collier counties after Hurricane Irma have all been lifted, but local law enforcement agencies say some people didn't take the curfew seriously.

Cpl. Phil Mullen of the Cape Coral Police Department says the curfews are put in place for your safety after the storm cut off power to traffic lights and knocked down trees and power lines.

"it's a misdemeanor if you're out during it," Cpl. Mullen said.

Two people were arrested last week when they were caught by Lee County deputies in the parking lot of the Home Depot on Pine Island Road trying to steal a shed.

Two others were arrested in Collier County after deputies said they were out during curfew. When they were pulled over, the man allegedly hit the deputy in the head. The woman is accused of having drugs.

At least 62 people in Southwest Florida were charged with violating the mandatory curfew after Hurricane Irma. Most of the people arrested were facing other charges, too.

The Lee County Sheriff's Office charged at least 23 people.

The Collier County Sheriff's Office charged 35 people.

The Charlotte County Sheriff's Office charged 4 people.

The Punta Gorda Police Department didn't charge anyone.

Cpl. Mullen said no one was arrested as a direct result of the curfew in Cape Coral.

"I believe we had one burglary that was technically falling in the state of emergency, which is an additional charge on top of a burglary," Cpl. Mullen said.

He said the department was taking a human approach.

"We were not out there looking to jam people up that were going to check on their homes, or just to get back to their families," Cpl. Mullen said.

He warns criminals -- if hurricane season brings another storm, they will charge you if you're out during curfew without a legitimate reason.

Four in Your Corner also reached out to the Marco Island, Naples, and Fort Myers police department for their numbers, but have not heard back yet.