Rash of SMB break-ins

Royal Cayman
Islands Police reported a number of burglaries, and attempted burglaries, in the Seven Mile
Beach area early
Wednesday.

Between 1am
and 2.45am, the Grand Cayman Beach Suites, the Westin and the Silver Sands
Condos were targeted, police said.

Shortly after
1am, the RCIPS received a report that a storage area at the Grand Cayman Beach
Suites had been broken into. It is not yet known what was taken, if anything.

About an hour
and fifteen minutes later, a man who was staying at the Westin awoke to find
two men in his room. The men ran off empty handed, police said.

A short time
later police received a report that two cell phones and a small amount of cash
had been taken from a condo within Silver Sands, which is located just north of
the Westin.

Around the
same time, a second condo in the Silver Sands complex was targeted.

Police said a
woman awoke to find a man rummaging through her purse. She struggled with the
burglar, who made off with a small amount of cash.

During the
struggle the victim sustained slight hand injuries, but did not require any
medical attention.

In a number of
the break-ins, entry was gained through insecure doors or windows.

“Today
officers will be meeting with the condominium owners to reinforce the need for
guests to make sure that they keep doors and windows closed and secured,” said
Inspector Dane Pinnock of West Bay. “It is tempting, particularly on humid
nights, to leave windows and doors open – however we need to work together to
cut down the opportunities available for thieves on the island.”

The suspects
in the incident at the Westin were described as males, slim build, dressed in
black and about 5’9” in height.

The suspect at
the Silver Sands appeared to have been wearing a pinkish coloured sweatshirt,
police said.

“We are
conducting scenes of crime examination and talking to people within the
complexes to find out if they have any information which could assist us,”
RCIPS Sergeant Winsome Prendergast said. “However if anyone has any information
they can call George Town CID on 949-4222, alternatively they can call Crime
Stoppers on 800-8477 (TIPS).”

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The Silver Sands condo complex on West Bay Road.
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3 COMMENTS

  1. The police and the government had better get their acts together. Crime is out of control already in Cayman, but when it starts affecting the tourist areas, that’s a REAL problem.

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  2. When we became regular visitors to Cayman in 1977, you could walk the beach at night or anywhere else for that matter. We thought nothing of walking from Seascape to the Holiday Inn in the dead of night, with very few lights on the road.
    We had a break-in at Seascape in 1980 while my parents were asleep in the next room. As time went on, we became regulars at Villas of The Galleon…BUT in 2004 my wife and I were awakened by 2 men entering our condo WITH A KEY…can you imagine that? That was enough for us..we said “farewell” to our favorite island, never to return after 25 years. We miss Cayman, but we value our lives !!
    Don’t be fooled…this is out of control and heading the way of Jamaica…can you imagine a 10′ fence around VOG with armed patrols ?
    Dan

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