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Proactive pawn staff help reunite artist with stolen camera

“I was very upset, I definitely shed a lot of tears for awhile,” said artist Hannah Cook.

She told Cayman 27 she was gutted when she got home from a family trip to Barker’s Beach, only to realize she had accidentally left her camera behind.

“The feeling? I felt physically sick,” she said. “It’s like everything just goes up to here doesn’t it.”

She retraced her steps, but by the time she reached the tree where she hung her camera bag, it was gone.

“The first reactions were, report to the police and get as much information, detail about the camera and everything that’s in there, and try and send it to the relevant people, post on Ecay, post on social media,” she said.

She also stopped in at Ca$hWiz.

“We had a couple come in the other day, told us that they had a camera bag and a camera with lenses that was stolen,” said Dean McGhee of Ca$hWiz.

She gave staff pictures and a description of her camera bag and its contents, and waited.

“Sure enough, someone came in, they brought in the bag, our diamond and watch specialist Matt Hogan saw it and immediately knew that it was the item, and so we contacted the police as we always do,” said Mr. McGhee.

“They were really excited to have found the items,” said Ms. Cook. “I cried, because I didn’t think I was going to see it again.”

Mr. McGhee told Cayman 27 his store is committed to helping owners recover stolen items. He described the standing invitation police have to comb the Ca$hWiz database.

“I ask them, ant of the detectives, we work with many, and I always say if you’re looking for something, come in and take a look at my system,” said Mr. McGhee. “Over the years there’s been many times that we’ve been able to help with the investigation and prosecution of criminals and take them off the street.”

He said, by now, criminals should know better than to unload hot items at his store.

“If they bring stolen goods to Ca$hWiz, they’re probably gong to jail,” said Mr. McGhee.

The camera was reported stolen Sunday, and on Wednesday police told Cayman 27 they got the call from Ca$hWiz employees.

Police said a woman had attempted to sell the items, but left the store in a hurry once police were called. The RCIPS is still investigating.

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Joe Avary

Joe Avary

Joe Avary has been with Cayman 27 since 2014. He brings 20 years in television experience to the job, working hard every day to bring the people of Cayman stories that inform the public and make a difference in the community. Joe hopes his love for the Cayman Islands shines through in his informative and entertaining weather reports. If you have a story idea for Joe or just want to say hello, call him at 324-2141 or send an email to

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