Arrest in huge booze heist

Cayman Islands police said a 30-year-old man was arrested in connection with the theft of nearly 100 cases of alcohol from a warehouse on Dorcy Drive last week.

The George Town storage facility, which belongs to the Margaritaville restaurant, was apparently burglarised sometime between 6.30pm on 14 February and 7am the next day.

RCIPS spokesperson Deborah Denis said a staff member reported the break-in shortly after arriving at work Thursday, 15 February. The man found the warehouse door open and some cases of alcohol taken.

‘It’s a mixture including; Appleton, Jim Beam, Jager, Bailey’s, Vodka…a whole bunch,’ said Ms Denis.

Margaritaville owner Arthur Screaton said he was aware of the thefts. He wasn’t sure how much the cases of liquor cost the restaurant.

‘I can’t even try to figure, because we bring in most of it ourselves,’ said Mr. Screaton.

Police made the arrest in the case earlier this week, but investigators were still appealing for witnesses to come forward as other suspects may be involved in the thefts.

‘It would have taken a large van and quite a while to move these boxes,’ said Detective Constable Ian McDonald. ‘So the offender or offenders are likely to have been easy to spot.’

‘We would be inclined to ask people to look out for anyone selling cheap liquor, or anyone who had acquired a large amount of liquor recently,’ Ms Denis added.

Anyone with information about the burglary is asked to call RCIPS Criminal Investigations Division at 949-4222.