22-year-old Jewelry thief nabbed by off-duty cop in George Town
A man who had robbed a jewelry store on Cardinal Avenue thought he had made the perfect escape, only to be arrested by an off-duty police officer.
The incident occurred last Tuesday at around 2:40PM.
Report from the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS) are that the man had taken a piece of jewelry and then fled from the store on foot.
He was pursued by one of the workers in the store.
An off-duty officer noticed the chase and also gave pursuit, and, with assistance from the store worker and other members of the public, and eventually apprehended the culprit outside a business on Main Street.
The 22-year-old man of George Town was arrested on suspicion of theft .
Officers conducted a subsequent search of the man and the jewelry item was found.
“Incidents like this further demonstrate that even when out of uniform, police officers have a responsibility to respond to any incidents which require their assistance," said Superintendent Robert Graham.
"In just the past few weeks, off-duty officers have responded to incidents ranging from domestic occurrences to car thefts, in some cases managing volatile situations in the moments before their colleagues arrive,” he added .
Superintendent Robert Graham used the opportunity to express gratitude to members of the public who stepped up to assist, which he said demonstrated not just concern for themselves, but also their community.