A woman, the victim of a chain snatching, is warning persons to be vigilant when walking in Kingstown.
At around 11:48 am on Tuesday July 21, Juliet Todd of Arnos Vale/Canada was walking in the vicinity of the Income Tax Department when a male snatched her 18-inch gold necklace from her neck and ran.
Todd said the robber fled in the opposite direction, running under the Singer gallery, with the US$800 necklace with a “Juliet” name pendant on it.
She pursued him but lost him in the vicinity of the Coreas City Store when she stopped to seek help from police officers who were directing traffic.
“I was walking and there were a lot of people and I felt like someone hit me in my chest really hard and the chain was yanked,” Todd told SEARCHLIGHT on Tuesday.
She said the robber is tall, dark and slim with rugged looking hair and wore a short black torn pair of jeans, a black t- shirt, slippers and had a black knapsack.
“He ran towards Singer and ran on to the Kingstown Market area and I was on the other side running and when I got to the (Coreas) intersection where police was directing traffic…the police saw the guy running but they were busy, I could have run him down some more, but I said let me tell the officers and they took me to CID and I made a statement,” Todd said.
She said that while she commends the officers for the professional way they dealt with her, she thinks if they had pursued the robber, they most likely would have caught him.
She said an officer took a statement at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and brought her back to the scene where they questioned persons and obtained video footage from nearby buildings.
“Someone commented the guy was from Edinboro,” Todd told SEARCHLIGHT.
She said that she is grateful she was not hurt, but she knows the situation could have ended differently because she pursued the thief.
“I felt like I was in a different country not St Vincent. I would like to tell persons to be aware of your surroundings as it could happen to anyone,” Todd warned.
“Just be careful when walking in Kingstown,” Todd said while noting that she came to SVG to take care of her sick mother and is stranded here because of travel restrictions due to COVID-19.