Police issue warning after posting of apparent ‘prank’ videos

Saint Lucia Police have issued a warning following the appearance of two videos on social media, in which young people are recorded as they snatch items belonging to others and run away.

Acting Inspector, Shervon Matthew, in a Facebook message said he saw the 2 videos in which teenage perpetrators were featured.

“I don’t know if it is a prank or whatever,” Matthew said.

In one video, a young man enters a store, quickly grabs two glass containers and runs away:

In another video, a young woman grabs produce from a vendor at the Castries Market and dashes off. In the background, laughter can be heard:

“I don’t know if it is real, I don’t know if it is a prank, but whatever it is, I am encouraging persons who do that to stop it – it is not right,” Matthew asserted.

He said persons who engage in such acts are actually committing the criminal offence of stealing for which they can be arrested.

“I could go as far as saying that you could end up doing it to the wrong person – you may end up doing it to somebody who doesn’t think it is a joke and your life could be in danger,” Matthew declared.

“Let’s say for instance that you do that to someone who has a licensed firearm and that person retaliates by opening fire at you, what would be the outcome?” He said.

Matthew appealed to the perpetrators to stop.

“I am begging you to please stop,” he stated.

21 Comments

  1. JayR
    August 24, 2017 at 5:33 pm Reply

    Boom gang

  2. Anonymous
    August 24, 2017 at 5:57 pm Reply

    thats so dumb and imature. really see why lucia backwards

    1. Unknown
      August 25, 2017 at 10:06 am Reply

      Its immature cuz ur a grown up and this is a prank only kids can understand

      1. Spyda
        August 25, 2017 at 11:53 am

        It’s stupid and only stupid kids would do it. Poor excuse, cuz smart kids are not doing it

  3. Extra prsyers
    August 24, 2017 at 6:10 pm Reply

    What!😞 seriously. Y’all making sense? Putting on a stupid American “accident” and acting like wild boars. Because of silly attitudes like that the country is where it is. Shame on you people, you give the youth a bad name.

  4. Relentless
    August 24, 2017 at 6:22 pm Reply

    Soon it will be boom bang!!…in your head. Everything y’all see on TV, y’all emulating. Carry on. And.. Where are their parents?

  5. Anonymous
    August 24, 2017 at 6:37 pm Reply

    Dem young ppl pf our nation are really sick…I watch some of dem everyday the way dey dress talk look and I shake my head….dats things url see to do? Uh? One day it will end up being done to the wrong person….even if we consider them of age dey have no right to get on the way some Dem do…u eh wrkin u still under rules…back in the day ppl like me growing up didn’t die because of being corrected…Dem kids are being too dam spoilt…dis generation….too much ppl like putting deh hands in fire for Dem… choops tun

  6. Ti Lapin
    August 24, 2017 at 7:55 pm Reply

    Its amazing how we quick to talk about lucia and the youth of lucia. Have you people actually seen the prank videos of the wider world. E.g. bomb pranks. Befor we poing fingers and lash out find out whats going on. Sometimes the entire thing could have been staged. Including the people you think they may have played the prank on. Start by asking them. #myopinion#whovexlose

    1. MB
      August 25, 2017 at 4:26 pm Reply

      I agree

  7. Anonymous
    August 24, 2017 at 8:23 pm Reply

    Why can’t we copy the progressive ish………..

  8. The_Truth s23
    August 24, 2017 at 9:10 pm Reply

    They have gotten soo brain washed by the internet and social media, feeding their spong like brains with nonesense .. nothing positive.. nothing to encourage the other youngs ones coming up.. employers wont take them serious .. the mature and wise wont take them serious.. and all they do is laugh and promote nonesense whilst rhe reality of life creeps up on them… Thank god for those who show more maturity and those who seek wisdom from the old and follow those who are after positivity and respect.. we cannot as a nation promote these forms of wreckless and immoral behaviors from our youth……

  9. My opinion
    August 25, 2017 at 8:08 am Reply

    The video with the young girl was completely staged and she brought the stuff back… there are not serious issues and crimes to be investigated and u eaisting ur time on childish pranks …..

    1. Anonymous
      August 25, 2017 at 10:45 am Reply

      Our police force likes to investigate easy stuff like this and when ppl capture and beat a thief. However when its murders and robberies they are eerily silent

  10. Unknown
    August 25, 2017 at 10:08 am Reply

    BIG PEOPLE/ ELDERLY PEOPLE WISHING DEATH UPON THE YOUTH FOR A STAGED PRANK ..LET THE KIDS PLAY..THIS IS NOT REAL THEY ASK PERMISSION FROM EVERYONE TO MAKE THE VIDEO GOOD LOOK FOR REAL CRIME LET THE KIDS HAVE FUN

  11. jay
    August 25, 2017 at 10:09 am Reply

    Boonk Gang lol these officers dont know whats going on so they jump to conclusions they asked for permission

  12. Clare
    August 25, 2017 at 12:38 pm Reply

    With all the prank games going on that is what you decide is best for you? stealing things? My word you young people have no “pride”. I would be so ashamed if my children were part of this. Go join the Castries library, a sports or dance group, not that! As a mom I feel dishearten. Parents where have we gone wrong???

  13. Anonymous
    August 25, 2017 at 8:16 pm Reply

    What is mind boggling to me are reasons so many Lucians support unadulterated foolishness. Only the garbage on the Internet the young people seem to embrace. Do our people have a natural disposition and craving for stupidity? Can’t these people use their brain power to have wholesome fun? In today’s social, immorality and unethical behavior have become the daily norm. Our moral values (honesty, generosity, kindness, fairness, compassion, politeness, respect) etcetera,are rapidly disappearing. With today’s behavior, Heaven might end up a Ghost Town.

    Vibz

  14. Anonymous
    August 26, 2017 at 1:18 am Reply

    I swear I can’t stop laughing . chastenet doing so much ting you all not taking it so serious.

  15. Say hold her or him in Creole loud repeatedly
    August 27, 2017 at 9:10 pm Reply

    Some people Will learn the hard way.

  16. Gentle Advice
    August 27, 2017 at 9:15 pm Reply

    Lest it be said that we are ‘wishing death upon our youth’ who are always complaining that older people are fighting them down let me gently advise: ………………….

    Public pranks like this are an unwise practice even when those immediately involved are aware. You cannot control your environment. Our limitation as younger folk is that we are usually shorter sighted than those with more experiences. So it is for teenagers and children. Older and more experienced people will see the dangers younger ones might experience. A person seeing you running with someone else’s stuff could simply stretch out his foot and the domino effect can lead to hospitalization. What if the dog had caught up and bitten the young man? It is good to take risks but this might not be the most profitable.

  17. Anonymous
    August 27, 2017 at 9:23 pm Reply

    FOR ALL THE OLDER FOLKS WHO CONSTANTLY PROCLAIM HOW MUCH DISCIPLINE HELPED THEM BECOME SUCH GOOD CITIZENS LET ME CORRECT YOU ALL OLD FOLKS….. ITS CALLED CHILD ABUSE WHICH CARRIES PSYCHOLOGICAL EFFECTS IN ONE’S ADULT LIFE. BEING BEATEN WITH A TREE BRANCH, WIRE OR SLAPPED IN THE FACE AND GENERALLY MUTILATED IS NOT DISCIPLINE. FURTHER MORE RAPE , INCEST AND SEXUAL CHILD ABUSE WAS JUST AS IF NOT MORE RAMPANT IN THE DAYS GONE BY. TRUST ME I HAVE BEEN RAISED AROUND OLDER PEOPLE AND I HAVE HEARD THE HORROR STORIES. SPARE US OLD FOLKS….. HEY ITS JUST A PRANK… HOPE THOSE WHO CHASTISE ARE NOT THE ONES WHO ABUSE THEIR OWN DAUGHTERS AND SONS….

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