Six businesses hit by armed robbers

A
man who police said stole a van after holding a woman at gunpoint, then went on
to swipe the entire cash register from a local gas station was the latest
suspect to commit armed robbery in Cayman within the past week.  

It
was the third gas station robbery and the sixth robbery of a business to occur
on Grand Cayman since last Thursday, 3 June.

Police
said around 2am Thursday a lone suspect entered the convenience store at the
Esso gas station at the corner of Eastern Avenue and North Church Street in George
Town and demanded money.

Witnesses
said the man was armed with what appeared to be a handgun.

According
to police, the suspect – mumbling inaudibly – went behind the store’s counter,
took the cash register and then escaped in a van. The vehicle was later
recovered on Bodden Road in George Town.

Three
store employees and one customer were in the Esso at the time, but no one was
hurt.

Just
after the store robbery, a woman from Windsor Park reported that a man with a
firearm had stolen her van. It turned out to be the same vehicle recovered on
Bodden Road Thursday morning. 

The
woman was not hurt.

Less
than 72 hours earlier, three armed suspects held up the Burger King restaurant
on North Church Street Monday night.

Police
said the suspects, believed to be men aged 18-21, entered the business around
10pm Monday. No customers were inside, but police said a store employee was
injured by an apparent blow to the head.

She
was treated and released from hospital. No arrests were immediately reported.

Early
Monday, almost a day before the Burger King robbery, two armed suspects – a
male and a female – held up the Esso Tiger Mart on West Bay Road, Seven Mile
Beach around 1.20am Monday. No one was hurt, and suspects got away with some
cash.

On
Friday evening, two masked men wielding machetes entered Tortuga Discount
Liquors in Pasadora Place and threatened staff before they also got away with
money and some other items.

Last
Thursday the Red Bay Esso was held up by two armed males; that heist was
preceded just seven hours earlier by what was believed to be a group of three
teenage girls who robbed the Domino’s Pizza around 2pm. The teens were said to
be carrying machetes.

No
one was hurt in the Friday or Thursday robberies.

Police
said they were looking into any potential connection between the cases, but
initially said there appeared to be none.

1 COMMENT

  1. Wow,
    These recent string of robberies are really out of hand, and the attempt to kidnap the Grand Ole House Chef! Tie to arm ourselves against the armed criminals.

    Police, could you tell us if this is a spill over from the saga in Jamaica, are those gun men here or are these our own home grown terrorists?

    Who are these guys, we need to see their faces on the newspaper and the news, why so secretive? who do we protect ourselves from if yu hide their identity?

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