Armed robbers strike

Quik Cash, EE home hit

A pair of armed robberies occurred within about 12 hours of each other on Grand Cayman in what were apparently unrelated incidents.

Quik Cash store

Tourists walk by the Quik Cash store on Shedden Road, George Town while police investigate a mid-morning robbery. Photo: Brent Fuller

The first at around 10pm Tuesday involved a home invasion attack in East End district.

The second was a brazen daylight heist in downtown George Town.

Royal Cayman Islands Police swarmed the scene of a mid-morning robbery at the Quik Cash Money Transfer store in the Bodmer Builiding on Shedden Road, across the street from the Anderson Square building. The robbery took place in central George Town, in an area that was crowded with cruise ship tourists who had come ashore despite the drizzly conditions.

The Port Authority said three cruise ships were in harbour on Wednesday.

Tourists milled around the scene of the robbery along with locals; some asking the reporters who had responded to the scene what was occurring.

According to witnesses, two armed men entered the Quik Cash store just after 10am. One of them allegedly threatened the store clerk with a gun and made a customer lie down on the floor.

The men left with an undisclosed amount of cash through the front entrance a few minutes after. RCIPS officers were seen scouring an alley adjacent to the Bodmer Building immediately after the heist.

No arrests had been reported at press time. No one was hurt in the robbery.

East End home invasion

Royal Cayman Islands Police were also investigating an incident that left two men hospitalized Tuesday night after being assaulted by three masked robbers who forced themselves into a house on Austin Conolly Drive, East End.

At about 9:50pm the 911 Communications Centre received a call from one of the victims in the attack. He told emergency call-takers that three masked men, carrying handguns and dressed in dark clothing, had entered their residence and injured two people.

Police investigations established that the three men had entered the house after knocking on the front door. Police said the suspects proceeded to assault both residents by hitting them on the head with a firearm.

After taking an undisclosed amount of cash, police said the offenders escaped via a rear door.

Both victims were transported to hospital where they received treatment for their head injuries.

Officers from the Criminal Investigation Department are looking into this incident and are appealing to anyone who may have been in the area of Austin Conolly Drive, East End, at around 10pm Tuesday, who may have seen anything to please come forward.

Anyone who can help should contact Detective Constable Ian McDonald on 947-2220.People can also call Crime Stoppers on 800-8477 (TIPS).