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.