Two would-be thieves fled empty handed from a jewellery store in George Town after a clerk outsmarted them.
Images of the men, entering the Caribbean Jewellers on Monday afternoon and engaging with an employee were captured on CCTV footage seen by the Cayman Compass.
The men began by asking the clerk to try on various rings, bracelets and chains; each time checking the price before requesting to see another item. Upon Noticing that the men were ignoring her requests to return the jewellery before they tried out something else, the employee called for back-up and locked the door to prevent the men from leaving.
In the video, one of the men, who at the time was wearing the stores most expensive chain can be seen trying to exist the shop several times. His excuse was that he needed to use the bathroom, and he would return in five minutes. Meanwhile, the second man can be seen trying to open display cases, but all were locked.
The men soon became aggressive and tried to push the clerk away from the door. They managed to unlock the door and fled the store, but without any jewellery.
The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service, in a statement about the attempted theft said they were called to the store shortly after 2:30pm.
The first suspect is described as tall with dark complexion and of slim built. He was wearing a dark-coloured baseball hat, white shirt long dark pants and slippers. The second suspect, who was shorter, was also of dark complexion, and was wearing a dark-coloured hoodie, dark shorts and black shoes.
Police said the men upon leaving the store, headed east along Dr Roy’s Drive. Both men were unarmed.The RCIPS is advising the public and retail staff “to be wary of these types of thefts, where a distraction is attempted by one person to allow another to make off with property. As always, report any suspicious activity to the police.”