Suspects ‘linked to robbery’

Police have in custody three suspects who they believe have links to the Friday hold up of Cayman National Bank in West Bay.

Press briefing

Police Commissioner Stuart Kernohan, flanked by Deputy Commissioners Rudi Dixon and Anthony Ennis at yesterdays press briefing. Photo: Jewel Levy

Three men are said to be helping police with their enquiries, members of the media were told at a Royal Cayman Islands Police Service press briefing yesterday.

‘I believe that the suspects we have are linked to the robbery,’ said RCIPS Commissioner Stuart Kernohan.

Police are investigating the Friday armed robbery of the bank at Centennial Towers. A bank security guard was shot as the robbers made their way into the bank.

It has been reported that two armed men entered the building while a third man remained outside in a getaway vehicle.

Prior to yesterday’s briefing it was made clear to reporters that it is police policy to not comment on operational matters in investigations.

Mr. Kernohan said 40 officers had swarmed to the bank in a tiered response.

Some officers were nearer than others and resources closest to the bank were there quickly, he said.

He said police made areas searches, took statements and made house-to-house enquiries.

With use of a helicopter police had quickly recovered the getaway vehicle.

He said police are still looking for other suspects and witnesses.

In particular they are seeking a man in a red polo shirt standing outside the bank. He left the scene on a motorbike.

The man is being asked to come forward because he could possess vital information.

They are also appealing for witnesses in the Boltins Avenue/Birch Tree Hill area where the vehicle was found and who may have seen the men in dark clothing.

No weapons have been recovered but searches continue, said Mr. Kernohan.

He said he does not believe the bank will release the amount of money involved in the raid, but he said it was a fairly small sum.

Those at the briefing were also told that the security guard – believed to have been wounded in the arm – has been released from hospital.

Mr. Kernohan said the investigation is going well and he believes officers had done a fabulous job.

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