Rash of SMB break-ins

Royal
Cayman Islands Police report 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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