Two nabbed in bank heist

Confusion over suspect identities

Two men were arrested late Friday
in connection with the armed robbery of a Cayman National Bank branch in Savannah last week.

Royal Cayman Islands Police said
the men, aged 24 and 21, were arrested on suspicion of robbery. Police said the
suspects fired a warning shot into the air during the Thursday lunchtime
hold-up prior to taking an undisclosed amount of cash and fleeing in what one
witness described as a Japanese-model vehicle.

A car matching the description of
that vehicle was recovered Friday afternoon in the Spotts-Newlands area and is
currently undergoing forensic examination.

Police were also reviewing
closed-circuit television footage from cameras inside the bank and around the
Countryside Shopping Centre complex.  

Rumours swirled around Grand Cayman Friday about the arrest of two young men
from the North Side area in connection with the robbery. However, RCIPS
officials denied that any arrests had occurred.

Police said that as of 5pm Friday
several homes were searched as part of the investigation and that people were
interviewed in connection with the robbery. The arrest itself did not occur
until several hours later, officials said.  

A police spokesperson said the
individuals who were the subject of press queries Friday afternoon were not the
men who eventually ended up being arrested on suspicion of robbery.

No charges had been filed in the
heist as of press time, and the two suspects had not been identified.  

Several customers and bank
employees were inside the Cayman National branch during the Thursday robbery,
but no one was hurt. One witness who spoke with the Caymanian Compass is not
being identified by the newspaper to protect their identity.

The customer entered the bank to
use the ATM after the robbery suspects had gone inside and didn’t realise what
was happening at first.

“I just saw a tall, thin kid
standing there in a mask holding a silver gun,” the bank customer said. “At
first, I thought the thing was a toy and somebody was playing a joke.”

It didn’t take very long to realise
the suspects weren’t joking.

“He pointed the weapon at me and
shouted at me to ‘get down, get down,’” the customer said. “By the time I got
down on the floor, I looked back up and the second guy was running out the
door.”

The customer then saw a small
Japanese-model vehicle speed off from the Countryside parking lot and assumed
it was the suspects. But the customer never saw the men enter the car.

“I felt like it couldn’t have been
anybody but them; no one else would have been driving that fast in a parking
lot,” the customer said.

In the minutes after the robbers fled,
the customer was informed by other customers that a gunshot had been fired by
the suspects.

The 911 emergency centre was
contacted shortly after the robbery suspects fled the bank, the customer said.

“The other customers were…kind of
asking the security guard ‘what are you going to do?’ And it was finally one of
(the customers) that called 911,” the customer said.

Last week’s bank robbery is just
one of four to have occurred in the Cayman Islands
within the past two decades. Previously, bank robberies have occurred in the Cayman Islands in 1989, 1994, and 2006 – all of the
robberies occurred at Cayman National Bank branches.

The robbery shook up Cayman’s
business community, which offered, in conjunction with Crime Stoppers, a
$25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the
suspects.

2 COMMENTS

  1. I thought the news in the UK was all doom gloom, but sadly each time i view the news from Cayman all i seem to see is armed robbery, assualt, murder….. what ever happened to the lovely sleepy island we began visiting 15 years ago? Terribly worrying and depressing.
    We are taking our winter holiday elsewhere this year, and are probably not the only regular tourists that are having grave concerns about visiting the island.
    Wise up Cayman Islands Police – this is not good for tourism, people will go other places to spend thier hard earned cash.

  2. I came across this old posting in my recent searches.

    Taking a fresh look at crime in the Cayman Islands means that its time to make changes regardless of who is upset. We must protect our boarders.

    There were over 3,000 status grants over the past 7 years or more.
    OBVIOUSLY A GOOD NUMBER OF THOSE WERE CRIMINALS THAT WERE SLEEPERS WAITING FOR STATUS THAT WOULD LICENSE THEM TO KILL, ROB, AND PILLAGE OUR COMMUNITIES.
    LIKE THE US AND OTHER COUNTRIES protecting the homeland ITS TIME TO REVOKE THE CITIZENSHIP, RESIDENCY AND ALL STATUS OF ANYONE WHO WAS GRANTED RESIDENCY OR CAYMAN STATUS.

    ITS TIME TO DEPORT THEM BACK TO THEIR HOME COUNTRY WHERE THEY WERE BORN.

    THE CAYMAN ISLANDS IS A TOURIST DESTINATION AND WE DO NOT NEED THESE CHARACTERS IN OUR SOCIETY.

    ITS TIME TO REVOKE THE CAYMAN STATUS AND RESIDENCY OF THESE CRIMINALS AND D E P O R T THEM OUT AND AWAY FROM THE CAYMAN ISLANDS!

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