Police Advising Honesty Stall Owners Following Arrest

honesty boxSt Mary’s police are advising islanders who sell goods from honesty boxes to reduce temptation to thieves, “without reducing their charm.”

The warning follows their first arrest of 2015.

A 17-year-old local male was questioned yesterday in connection with the alleged theft of goods worth around £15. Police stopped and searched the youngster in the Porthloo area of the island on Monday afternoon.

Officers are also investigating an alleged theft of cash.

Visitors regularly comment on the range of items available on the stands. Goods including eggs, scones, fruit, plants, firewood, books and CDs are regularly on offer.

Sergeant Colin Taylor won’t identify the stall, at the request of its owner, but he has confirmed that his enquiries don’t involve perishable items.

The police say reports of thefts from honesty boxes are “nothing new.”

They suggest that owners could fix their money jars to the stall, check takings regularly throughout the day and they advise that they don’t leave substantial sums of cash at the stall.

The youngster is now on police bail pending the result of investigations.