Two RCIPS finance employees arrested for theft

Unauthorized purchases from grocery store alleged

Two civilian employees in the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service’s finance department have been arrested in connection with what authorities allege was a theft from the police service.

The two employees, women ages 37 and 41, were suspended with pay from the RCIPS following their arrest on suspicion of theft.

They were arrested on March 31 and April 1 and have since been released on police bail.

Neither of the suspects had been charged as of press time Monday.

According to sources close to the investigation, the thefts involved more than $4,000 in unauthorized purchases from a local grocery store.

Police became aware of the matter when representatives of the store contacted the RCIPS regarding the unauthorized purchases.

“The allegations [in] the case concern transactions conducted on an account the RCIPS holds with a private vendor,” a statement from the RCIPS regarding the arrests indicated.

Police said both employees were arrested “as soon as the transactions were discovered” and that the two women were placed on required leave.

It is typical in cases where criminal wrongdoing has been alleged for civil service employees to be placed on paid leave until the investigations are completed.