Two armed robberies in one weekend

The robbery of a security guard early Sunday morning following the hold-up of a George Town convenience store Friday night and a pet store heist the previous weekend has police looking into whether any of the incidents may be related.

The 911 Emergency Communications Centre received information at around 12.15am Sunday that a security guard had been robbed behind Hard Rock Café in George Town.

Royal Cayman Islands Police responded to the scene and were told that the man had been working alone when he was approached by two masked men, one of whom appeared to be carrying a handgun. The victim told police the offenders demanded he hand over anything he had.

He gave the men a number of items including a wallet and a bag and the men made off on foot. The victim was not hurt in the incident.

One of the offenders is described as slim, while the other was of medium build. Both are described as dark skinned, wearing dark masks and dark clothes and were each around 5-feet, 8-inches to 5-feeet, 9-inches tall.

‘This is the latest robbery, which has involved offenders carrying weapons of some sort,’ Chief Inspector Peter Kennett said. ‘We are doing all we can to identify these people and bring them to justice.’

The RCIPS is taking a number of measures to solve these cases and prevent more from occurring including examining forensic evidence, analyzing intelligence and reviewing disruption strategies and deployment of resources.

‘We are looking at all cases to see if they could be connected and if there is any pattern or similarity. It’s a little early to say for sure if we are looking for the same men or different men in each case,’ Mr. Kennett said. ‘We need to identify these offenders before someone gets seriously hurt.’

Residents and businesses are also being asked to do all they can to lessen the chances of becoming robbery victims.

‘Businesses should consider reviewing their security measures, such as cash handling procedures, staff training and the use of CCTV and alarms,’ Mr. Kennett said. ‘All residents should be mindful of their surroundings at all times and report any suspicious activity to police immediately.’