Jewellery swiped in downtown scam

Police are appealing for information, and urging businesses to be extra vigilant, following the theft of a quantity of jewellery from a George Town store earlier this week.

About 3.00 pm Monday, Royal Cayman Islands Police reported that a group of young people entered a jewellery store on Edward Street, George Town.

While some of the group engaged the saleswoman in conversation others suddenly grabbed a quantity of jewellery from a display stand. They all ran from the store and were last seen running towards the Thompson building, according to police. It is believed they entered a black four-door Honda Civic and drove off.

The saleswoman was not injured and no weapons were used during the theft.

Police said a number of pieces of Swarovski jewellery were stolen including earrings, bracelets, rings and necklaces.

The suspects are described as being a group of young males and females. Police said two of them were wearing John Gray High School uniforms.

RCIPS Inspector Dane Pinnock is appealing for anyone who has any information about the crime, or who is offered any of the stolen items for sale, to contact the police.

“I would urge business owners and sales staff to be on their guard,” said Inspector Pinnock. “We call these types of incidents ‘distraction thefts’; that means that the perpetrators will work in teams and while some of the group distract the salesperson through conversation or by causing an incident in the store, others commit theft.

“If you own, or manage, a business then please work with your in-store security to ensure that your staff members are safe and that a watchful eye is kept on any valuable property. Try to make sure that property is kept in locked display cases and that during busy periods you increase staff numbers, particularly if you have high value items on display. Finally, ensure that your CCTV cameras are working and are placed in the right locations.”