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FORT MYERS, Fla. – A Florida woman is accused of looting and attempting to take high-end fishing equipment worth approximately $6,000 from a home that was impacted by Hurricane Ian, authorities said.

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Crystal Nelson, 40, of Ruskin, was arrested Tuesday and charged with burglary and grand theft during a state of emergency, along with possession of marijuana of more than 20 grams, according to Lee County Sheriff’s Office online booking records.

According to a Facebook post by the sheriff’s office on Wednesday, a homeowner on Fort Myers Beach saw a woman attempting to remove four high-end Penn International fishing rod and reel combos from her home.

The sheriff’s office said that Nelson traveled to Fort Myers Beach from her Ruskin home, allegedly for the purpose of helping with disaster cleanup after the Category 4 storm slammed into southwest Florida late last month, WFLA-TV reported.

“This scumbag female from Ruskin wasn’t quick enough to get away with expensive fishing poles,” Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno said in the Facebook post. “This team is unstoppable!”

Nelson is scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 14, online records show.