Business owner targeted in heist

Royal Cayman Islands Police detectives are investigating an incident early Wednesday where a local business owner was robbed of his earnings.

Just before 1.00 a.m. man, who owns a bar in the George Town area, arrived at his home address in Crewe Road, close to Ryan’s Retreat. He was accompanied by three friends and was carrying a bag containing the evening’s business takings.

As he left his car to enter his house he was confronted by a masked man armed with what appeared to be a handgun.

The suspect threatened him before grabbing the bag of cash and running off towards Ryan’s Retreat.

No shots were fired and no one was injured in the incident.

The suspect was described as 6’1”, slim build with a light brown complexion. He was wearing a grey hooded shirt and long dark pants. The suspect’s face was hidden by a plastic mask.

“It appears as if the suspect lay in wait at the location for his victim to arrive home,” said Detective Chief Inspector Peter Kennett. “I have two specific appeals to make to the public and the business community. Firstly, I would ask anyone with information about the robbery, or who may have seen a vehicle leaving the area at the relevant time, to contact George Town Criminal Investigation Department.

“The second appeal is specifically to the business community. Please take every precaution when carrying cash. When leaving your premises with cash you should vary your times, vary your route, always make sure you have people with you. Most importantly you should, whenever possible, deposit takings in a night safe and not take them to your home address.”

Anyone with information about this crime should contact George Town police station on 949-4222, the RCIPS confidential tip-line 949-777, or Crime Stoppers 800-8477 (TIPS).