Florida police arrested two shirtless men Wednesday morning after they decided it was a good idea to steal a huge utility pole, which they had mounted on top of an SUV.
— Jax Sheriff's Office (@JSOPIO) September 13, 2017
— John Engel (@EngelsAngle) September 13, 2017
The attempted theft in Jacksonville, Florida, comes just days after Hurricane Irma ripped through the state, leaving incredible devastation in its wake, especially in the Florida Keys.
Social media users — including the National Sheriff’s Association — were quick to mock the two men for attempting to steal such an enormous item:
— Nat Sheriffs' Assoc. (@NationalSheriff) September 13, 2017
I love how they tied a t-shirt on the end for traffic safety. pic.twitter.com/JZpl9ZdVNS
— Stephanie Sarkis PhD (@StephanieSarkis) September 13, 2017
Were they practicing the caber toss?
— Bryan Black (@350jerseys4hope) September 13, 2017
— Ashley Mason (@ashleymason527) September 13, 2017
When “ball is life” and a hurricane took your goal.
— Jeremy Marquiss (@jeremym480) September 13, 2017
I figured but a pole like that will draw questions when offered for recycling.
— IcemanDLG (@tapeek) September 13, 2017
And it certainly did “draw questions.”
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office confirmed to WOKV-TV the two men were stealing the utility pole, but the department didn’t say how the duo would be charged.
This asinine theft comes a few days after police in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, arrested nine looters who were caught on video stealing shoes from two nearby sportswear stores and a CashAmerica Pawn Store, as IJR previously reported.
“Going to prison over a pair of sneakers is a fairly bad life choice,” Fort Lauderdale Police Chief Rick Maglione said in a statement. “Stay home and look after your loved ones and be thankful they are all safe.”
I’m no expert, but I’d say going to jail over a utility pole is an even worse life choice.
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