Business owners in Antigua have been warned against visitors to the country who may enter their stores and engage in shoplifting.
Antigua Observer quoted an unidentified female owner of a clothing and accessories store in the duty-free zone in St. John’s, as saying that a cruise ship visitor tried to steal an item from her establishment.
According to the complaint, the female visitor purchased a number of items from the store, but reportedly slipped a book about the destination under her arms and left the store without paying for the particular item.
The store owner said she alerted the police after she became suspicious and the woman was taken off the vessel to explain what had happened, the Observer reported.
“Even when the police got her from the vessel, she said that she did not intend to steal the item, however, based on the video footage from the cameras in the store, she definitely intended to steal the item,” the store owner said.
The business owner told Observer media that this was not the first time that such as incident has happened in the city.
She said that while such thefts affect business, the offenders are “let go silently” because local merchants are fearful of tarnishing the country’s image based on how each case might be handled.