Police nab teenage bag snatch suspect

| 05/02/2010

(CNS): Police say they have arrested a seventeen year old boy in connection with a bag snatch after a witness ran after the suspect. The incident occurred outside a restaurant at Grand Harbour Shopping Centre last night. According to a police statement, at about about 10:10pm on Thursday, 4 February, a woman was sitting outside at a restaurant when a young male appeared, grabbed her handbag and ran off towards the Maedac Texaco service station.

The woman’s boyfriend gave chase and the police were alerted. A short time later police officers arrived and detained the 17-year-old male suspect close to the Lions Club when he was arrested on suspicion of theft. No-one was injured in the incident and the young man remains in police custody at this time.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    You go boyfriend! I hope you took off your belt and beat him when you caught him. We need more resilience nowadays. I bet he wont want to look at another handbag again:)

  2. au revoir says:
    regardless what the reason was for stealing wanting to buy drugs,trying to get new shoes or trying help somebody else noone shud think as cruel as you do u are just down rite heartless and u discust me!!!!! 17 thats the age of the suspect not 45 i pray u dont have children and if u do i pray for them!!


    actually, no, the fact that you somehow try to excuse this 17 year old adult’s behaviour is what truly disgusts people.  he terrorized a woman and you expect people to feel sorry for him?

  3. Anonymous says:

    "Bring back the Cat" is good, public flogging til they p***. But let’s not stop there, I say bring back the noose!

  4. anonymous says:

    New laws need to be in place. Parents shuld be held accountable for these minors roaming the street at night terrorizing the community. Paents are legally held accountable in civilized countries why is it different in the Cayman Islands, start prosecuting these parents and they will do their job.


  5. Richard Wadd says:

     Hmmm, it seems more and more people are finally coming to the realization that Corporal Punishment, as a means of effectively deterring criminal behavior, isn’t such a bad thing after all.

     It certainly would leave a lasting impression upon the criminal, what greater means of reform could there be?

     ‘Bring back the Cat’, and let us save our nation, before we end up like the USVI’s, or worse, Jamaica. 

  6. Anonymous says:

    Friday 17:19 I bet you’re on the right track!! Wish we could find out.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Would you people get a grip and stop placing nationality in the middle of crime! Come on people, you are no better than the criminals with such behaviour.

    Within every country, even within every religion, there is good and bad and there is no excuse when bad is done. Regardless of who this young punk is he needs to be dealt with and made to understand that this kind of behaviour will not be tolerated. Having said that, we also need to examine ourselves as residents in this little country, regardless of where we hail from, and as a society look at the real reasons for the growing breakdown in our society and try to do something about it!

    • Tuesdays and Thursday says:

      Tuesdays and Thursdays……. Watch the crime

      • Anonymous says:

        Could somebody please explain the significance of Tuesdays and Thursdays in this posting?  Thank you.

  8. Anonymous says:

    lol. what a mess.

  9. Anonymous says:

    I think it is time for a curfew for the under 18 age bracket unless they can prove they are coming home from place of employment. Every group of teens that are seen "just chillin" need to be stopped, frisked, checked for warrants, pictures taken and sent home! You know how inconvenient it is to be stopped at a "license check"- have the police become vigilant on groups of youth hanging around. The school systems need to make lists of "at-risk" teens and have the police go in and give them a talk….show them pictures of crime scenes, I’d say tour the prison(but would that be a deterant?), and start forming a at-risk program that includes peer/teacher mentoring, job find and outside counseling if needed.

    As for the 20 -25 age bracket- stop them also if they are loitering on the streets. Pictures, information, frisking, and break up the groups. Job find, how to fill out applications (believe me- alot of times the reason this age group is not working or in college is they have no confidence to fill out the paperwork), and possibly some sort of transportation to jobs/college. Is there a technical school on the island? Do they offer night classes for trades(plumber, welder, hair dresser etc)? Have someone in the community talk to those "hanging around" about heading back to college and help with the paperwork.


  10. Name and shame! says:

    You old enough to tief, you should be old enough to bear the brunt of your crimes.  RCIPS name and shame him asap. 

    Or better yet, shackle him in Heroes square for one day and invite members of the public to gawk, point and laugh and give one good SLAP.

  11. Anonymous says:

    The Police did not nab him. A civilian did – and next time the criminal might prefer to have been arrested by the Police.

    As the Estella and Schirn cases show us, it is the public that seems to be solving the crimes as much as the police these days.


    I’ll give the police full credit, when it is due.

  12. Anonymous says:

    What an idiot. That man should have thrown two ras licks up in him. Seriously, this place is getting out of hand. Glad that lady got her bag back. They should name him regardless of his age and embarrass him good. Dumb wanna be gangstas.

    • Anonymous says:

      Amen!  The comment about the "ras licks" made me bust out laughing in the office.  🙂

      • Anonymous says:

        Dedicated worker and fine example you are, reading comments on CNS on company time!

        • Slaymanian says:

          Give them credit, they could have been on their 3 hour lunch break, or eating the breakfast they brought with them to consume after clocking in, or on one of their mandated breaks that seem to spread into longer than their lunch.  I am sure they produced a productive 30 minutes for their employer…

          And then they bitch at their pay that is effectively about $500 per ACTUAL working hour – most lawyers would salivate at that…


          • Anonymous says:

            Idiots, why don’t you fools stick to the main subject of this thread?

        • Anonymous says:

          And your not reading comments?!!!

  13. Anonymous says:

    That is very fortunate. "No-one was injured in the incident and the young man remains in police custody at this time."

    That young boy could have easily slipped and hit his face on the ground. Repeatedly.

    • Anonymous says:

      regardless what the reason was for stealing wanting to buy drugs,trying to get new shoes or trying help somebody else noone shud think as cruel as you do u are just down rite heartless and u discust me!!!!! 17 thats the age of the suspect not 45
      i pray u dont have children and if u do i pray for them!!

      • Anonymous says:

        But I do have children, and never once have I admonished them not to steal. Their moral values were picked up at a very early age from observing the actions of the people around them, and in the case of my children that would have been their parents.

        It you think it is cruel for a 17-year-old that is too young to be named and charged in criminal court to receive some attention-getting physical "treatment", then it’s very likely that your own children are on a criminal career path because mommys says its OK to steal while you are only a teenager.

        Perhaps you are correct though; somebody needs to look into the possibility of making that boy’s parents responsible for his actions.

  14. Anonymous says:

    PARENTS, HELLO, WHY IS YOUR CHILD OUT ON A SCHOOL NIGHT AFTER 10!!!  This is how it all starts.  What is he going to do next???  Rob CNB, rob someones home???? 

  15. Macman says:

    OK…. I will now wait to read all the excuses that are going to be given if the young thug turns out to be Caymanian.

    • Anonymous says:

      Or if he turns out to be a relatively recent import under the care of a status recipient.

    • And... says:

      Stop rabble-rowsing – he’s not Caymanian, he could never be Caymanian.  Caymanians don’t commit crimes…  When will you damn mosquito-ridding, civilization-introducing, comfort-inducing, society-caring, enviromental-protecting expats just PHARK off and let us screw up our island, our communities and our culture?????



      • Anonymous says:

        Whoever you are, your comments on CNS are easy to identify even with your various "name changes".  It is obvious that you are an idiot expatriate suffering from the malady called "hating Caymanians" and in order to receive healing we suggest that you leave the Cayman Islands and return from whence you came. Easy cure.

    • Anonymous says:

      I read these threads quite often as they can be vey enlightening since I’m a homebody.  But please can we just all try to get past the ‘ CAYMANIAN’  versus "EXPAT’ issue.  We all live here regardless of our nationality.  It does not matter if the expats will be leaving us eventually, they are here now and are experiencing the very same issues that we are whether good or bad; so and we all need to learn to live together and accept each other.

      Caymanians please stop blaming others for the problems we have. I would like for each and every one of us parents  to ‘look inside’ ourselves and see if we have not caused some of these things to happen ourselves. We go after the almighty dollar and some of us hold 2-3 jobs not always because we actually need to -I also know that some of us actualy have to work more than one job- but because we want to live like how others live so we leave our children unattended and provide no guidance or discipline whatsoever and then become mad/angry at the schools or anyone else who dares to try any form of discipline even if it is only to talk harshly to the children. 

      Others of us are so caught up in our ‘lifestyles’ partying with our friends or  sleeping around and putting our own selfish needs before our children who are left to entertain themselves, and the majority of them act out/rebel simply because they do not get enough of our attention. Please do not think that   I’m not Caymanian or that I am ‘anti-Caymainan.  I am not, I am  a Caymanian and is quite proud to be called Caymanian, but I am very disappointed that we do not appear to  be willing to accept responsibility  for what is happening. Until we do some self examination and deal with our children/family members, these problems will only continue to escalate.

      We go to the schools and we humiliate the teachers and other staff  and then take these simple, stupid  matters to TV totry and incite other parents to join us in ensuring that our children can wear whatever they want to school, such as the boys wearing long braided hair.  Come on parents!  This is sad and scary for me because I thought the importance of going to school was to learn so that they can hold their rightful place in the work world one os these days and not that the teachers leave them alone to dress like thugs.  We can let them do that on our time if that is what is important to us. But really, is this what our community has come to now, is this really what is the important thing here? 

      These are some of the reasons our country is in the shape it is in currently. We all appear to have lost our perspective opf what is important.  We are mad because ‘expats’ have the better jobs, but our children are simply not even trying to learn, school appears to be a place for social gathering and forming poor alliances as to how to best get through life without out having to work for it, and guess what? as parents we do not appear to be emphasing to our children the importance of learning and  a good education.  No instead we let them know right off that the teacher dare not speak to them!  We have lost our values and sense of right and wrong and we want to blame the ‘expats’?  We now have what is known as’ home grown criminals’  and we have no one to blame but ourselves as we have not tried the right values into our children. This does not mean that there has not been some fo reign influence, but we hae to accept responsibilty for our shortcomings and lackadaisical attitude. 

      Let’s start examining ourselves and spending time instilling values and right and wrong into our children and take responsibility for our country in the right manner.

      • Anonymous says:

        You are absolutely right and I commend you,but, where the criminals are not "home grown"(and there are some), cabn we at least all agree that they should be sent back from whence they came, even if their moma married a Caymanian last year?