Friday, November 15, 2019

Man Who Snatched Phone From Tourist Pursued, Caught In Castries

A young man who grabbed a mobile telephone from a tourist in the William Peter Boulevard Tuesday, was pursued by public spirited citizens and eventually arrested by police, eyewitnesses say.

The incident occurred about 10.00 a.m. according to reports.

According to one eyewitness, the phone snatcher after grabbing the mobile device from a female tourist, ran into the alley between the Scotia Bank and the building housing the Credit Union League.

The eyewitness, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the suspect was pursued by citizens who kept shouting in Creole ‘Thief! Thief!’ and ‘Hold him!.’

The eyewitness told St Lucia Times that the suspect was eventually apprehended near the Castries Market by City Police Officers who were on patrol in the capital with the assistance of a Special Police Constable in uniform.

The officers took him into custody, it was reported.

The eyewitness said the young man who was held appeared to be in his twenties.

He said the female tourist from whom the mobile device was snatched was in the company of a male tourist at the time of the incident.

Castries Mayor, Peterson Francis, said he saw the victim after the robbery and spoke with her.

“I apologised to her for the discourteous behaviour of our citizens,” Francis disclosed.

The Mayor stated that the telephone that was grabbed was retrieved.

He said he is very happy that the victim was not trumatised and understood that the incident was not one unique to Saint Lucia.

“She was very cooperative,” Francis explained.

He noted that it was the first arrest made by the City Police since the passage of a controversial bill in parliament that gives islandwide powers of arrest to the City Police.

“The bill has started working already,” Francis said to laughter from reporters who were interviewing him in the aftermath of the phone snatching incident.




  1. Proud of everyone who took part in this joint action. The island has averted getting another black eye. Back in the day, the criminal always got a “message” before being released to the police.

  2. UNRELATED ISSUE! Hello Times, I have a SERIOUS PROBLEM with that Sagicor ad that keeps popping up and using up all my data. What’s worse, is that even when it’s closed, the audio keeps playing over and over on loop…it is IRRITATING and I can’t concentrate on reading the news article. FIX IT!!!

  3. I hope He’s.Charged for Stealing and Sent to prison For at least 10years Hard Labour .The Country Depends on Tourism and Putting St .Lucia in the Dark Coulur

  4. They should burst his a. S for making saint Lucia shame bravo city police
    Rslpf never around when these things are happening they’re somewhere else procrastinating and they want power more than the city police . you think is joke

  5. Only poor jobs that do not pay well so the young people prefer to steal to survive than to work for security companies for 2 dollars an hour

  6. They refuse to work for Guardsman security for 4:25 cents at the Owen King Hospital back location guard hut

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