Two cleared in Margaritaville robbery

Two men arrested at the Cayman Islands Immigration Department’s main offices last week have been released without charge.

Police said Monday that the two had been cleared of any wrong-doing in connection with the 16 Friday armed robbery that occurred at Margaritaville in George Town’s waterfront district. The two suspects in the heist were spotted on closed-circuit television cameras after threatening two Margaritaville employees and escaping with a bag of cash.

Cayman Islands immigration officials said last week that two men were arrested at the department’s Elgin Avenue headquarters after a staffer said he recognised one of the men from photos of two robbery suspects circulating the Islands.

Royal Cayman Islands Police had sent out photos taken from the CCTV cameras at Margaritaville in hopes that someone might recognise the two suspects.

Chief Immigration Officer Linda Evans never connected the two men arrested to the Margaritaville heist; only that immigration officers had taken them into custody.

According to reports, the two men were recognised in the Immigration office because they were wearing the same clothes as those men featured on the closed-circuit TV cameras that captured their images outside Margaritaville. However, RCIPS would not confirm those accounts.

‘A gentleman came to the counter asking for an extension of time (to stay in the Cayman Islands) and the officer thought he looked like the same man in the photo that was just published,’ Mrs. Evans said.

Mrs. Evans said the second individual who was arrested was visiting the Immigration Department with the man at the counter.

Police are still searching for the suspects involved in the Margaritaville robbery. Detectives ask anyone with information to contact Cayman Crime Stoppers at 800-8477 (TIPS), or contact the George Town Police Station at 949-4222.