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 only hours after police issued a warning to Honda vehicle owners in Grand Cayman 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. In one incident in South Sound last month, a female owner of a Honda Civic found thieves had stolen most of her engine parts and headlights.
Senior police constable Fran General of George Town police station said people can protect their wheels relatively inexpensively.
“One set of locking wheel nuts can protect all four wheels on your car,” she said.
“You should also try to park your car in a well-lit area to deter potential thieves.”
Although the recent thefts have been from Hondas, SPC General urged all car owners to invest in locking wheel nuts. “Although Honda is the vehicle of choice today, tomorrow the thieves may decide to target other makes and models of cars, so my advice is that it’s better to spend a few dollars now than face the huge expense of having to replace your wheels and tyres.”
Following Tuesday’s arrest, Chief Inspector Frank Owens again urged car owners to be vigilant following the recent spate of car part thefts and asked anyone who sees any suspicious vehicles or activity to contact the police.