Police chase and arrest suspected car parts thief

Following a car chase that ended in the vehicle smashing into a lamp post, police arrested a 19-year-old man early Tuesday morning on suspicion of stealing car parts.

According to a news release issued by the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service, shortly after 4.30am Tuesday, authorities received a report of two men attempting to steal car parts from a garage premises on Seymour Drive in George Town.

As officers arrived at the scene, they saw a Honda Civic drive off at speed and signalled the driver to stop, but he failed to do so.

The police officers followed the car, which crashed into a lamp post on School Drive. Police said the driver ran from the scene but the passenger was arrested on suspicion of theft.

A search of the vehicle uncovered car parts, including a bumper, headlights and indicator. Police enquiries confirmed that the car parts had been stolen from Outpost Street earlier in the night.

The arrest came just hours after police issued a warning to Honda vehicle owners to be on the lookout for thieves targeting wheels and other car parts.

Since the beginning of September, there have been 13 police reports of wheel thefts from Honda cars in the George Town area.

There have also been reports of thieves stealing other parts of Honda cars.

For more on this story see the Caymanian Compass.

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