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 1am, a 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, police said.

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.

Detective
Chief Inspector Peter Kennett said it appeared as if the suspect lay in wait
for the victim outside his home.

“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,” Mr. Kennett said.

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).

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