Jewellery swiped in downtown scam

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

Royal
Cayman Islands Police reported that a group of young men and women — two of
them wearing John Gray High School uniforms — entered a jewellery store on Edward
Street about 3pm Monday, and while some of the group engaged the saleswoman in
conversation, others grabbed jewellery from a display stand.

They
all ran from the store, according to police, and were last seen running towards
the Thompson building. It is believed they drove off in a black four-door Honda
Civic.

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.

RCIPS
Inspector Dane Pinnock is appealing for anyone who has 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.”

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