Armed hold-up at GT store

Police renew call for public to surrender weap-ons in gun amnesty

 A masked robber armed with a flare
gun held up Reflections Food for Less store in George Town on Wednesday night.

The gunman fired the flare gun inside
the store, but no-one was injured, police said.

The man, dressed in black and
wearing a black mask, entered the store in McClendon Drive around 9.10pm
Wednesday night.

Police said the gunman threatened
staff, before aiming the flare gun at a display cabinet store and firing off a
shot, causing the flare gun to explode. He then grabbed a cash drawer and ran off.

The robbery has led police to renew
their call for gun-owners to hand over unlicensed, unwanted or illegal weapons
as part of a month-long gun amnesty launched on 10 May.

So far, seven guns, almost 70
rounds of ammunition, several detonators and a bow with arrows have been handed
over in the amnesty.

Detective Superintendent Marlon
Bodden, the officer co-ordinating the gun amnesty, said on Thursday: “Luckily
no innocent bystander was injured as a result of the robbery last night, but
there is the possibility the suspect may have been wounded as the gun exploded.

“Flare guns are commonplace on the
island, after all the weapon is an essential part of boat safety kits. It’s
when they fall into the wrong hands that they cause problems – like the
incident we saw last night.”

He added: “If anyone has a flare
gun, or indeed any other weapon that is not licensed, that they no longer want,
or that they are unable to secure properly then this “no questions asked”
amnesty is the ideal time to hand them into police.”

All weapons handed in to police
will be checked to see if they have been used in crimes. The amnesty covers
possession and disposal of gun and is not a blanket amnesty that provides
immunity from prosecution.

“We are still only 10 days into the
month-long amnesty”, said Mr. Bodden, “but already we are seeing significant
numbers of guns handed in. The public are supporting the amnesty and we are
sure that they will continue to do so.

“Events like last night only make
us even more determined to do all we can to crack down on firearms crime and
work with our partners and our communities to make Cayman safer for everyone.”

The robbery suspect is described as
being of slim build, about five foot, two inches in height, wearing a black
hooded long-sleeved jacket, black pants, black shoes, and a black mask.

Anyone with information about the
robbery should contact George Town CID on 949-4222. Information can also be
passed to the RCIPS confidential tip line 949-7777 or Crime Stoppers 800-8477
(TIPS).

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