Crimes ramp up over weekend

Police shot at, $10K stolen from purse

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What had already been a long
week for Royal Cayman Islands Police detectives got rougher starting overnight
Friday and into the weekend as robbery suspects continued their prolific run of
heists.

The violence involved in the
recent robberies also increased in the most recent crimes. A local chef was
badly beaten, and police officers were fired upon by robbery suspects
attempting to make their escape.

A massive police presence
was felt in the Bodden Town area Friday night following a convenience store
robbery that was followed by the shooting.

Three suspects entered
Mostyn’s Esso station in Bodden Town around 9pm Friday night and robbed the
store. Police said one of the suspects had a shotgun.

A police car in the area was
alerted to the incident by an individual who had run from the station after
seeing the armed suspect. Officers followed the suspects’ vehicle after they
left the station and pursuit ensued.

Police said the suspects
bailed out of the vehicle on Northward Road, where one turned and alleged fired
shots at the pursuing police officers. The bullets hit no-one, but the suspects
managed to temporarily get away.

RCIPS later tracked two of
the suspects – both young men, one of them possibly a teenager – to the Beach
Bay area where they were arrested.

According to a witness, one
of the young men had a wad of cash lying on the ground next to him as he sat,
handcuffed, on the ground.

“What’s your problem?” the
handcuffed suspect asked an individual at the scene who was taking photographs.

“Thankfully none of our
officers, or any members of the public, were injured in this incident,” RCIPS
Superintendent Adrian Seales said Saturday. “The consequences could have been
so much worse.”

Friday night’s heist was the
fourth gas station robbery, the seventh business robbery overall, to occur on
Grand Cayman since 3 June (see related story on today’s front page). There have
also been three robberies involving individuals since late Thursday.

Chef badly hurt

Police are still
investigating an assault and robbery of a man who suffered severe facial
injuries when he was attacked by two armed men on Thursday night.

The victim’s injuries have
made it difficult for him to speak or communicate with police, to the extent
that officers on Friday said they were not clear on exactly what had happened
to him. They believe the man was set upon outside Grand Old House restaurant in
South Sound around 10pm. Police said the suspects were both armed, one with a
shotgun and another with a handgun.

Police said the victim’s car
was stolen, but he has been unable to inform them of the make or model of the
vehicle. It was also believed his wallet had been taken.

The man was taken to
hospital via private vehicle. Officers were not notified of the attack until
the man was already at hospital. 

The victim remained in
hospital on Friday afternoon, under heavy sedation. He worked as a chef at the
restaurant.

$10,000 stolen

Royal Cayman Islands Police
confirmed late Friday that a purse-snatching suspect had made off with a higher
than usual take from his crime.

According to officers at
George Town Police Station, the woman had about $10,000 in her bag when it was
taken.

The money was apparently
takings from a local business, according to police.

The purse-snatching occurred
around 1.30pm Friday along Godfrey-Nixon Way near the GKF business centre.

Police said the woman was
not hurt and that the suspected robber made off on a bicycle after taking the
purse. It was not known if the man was armed.

No arrests were immediately
reported.

Man robbed 

Early Saturday morning –
around 1am – police said a man was robbed of his wallet and cell phone while
walking to his home.

Police said the victim was
walking in the area of Fidelity Bank near the galleria roundabout when he was
attacked by two males armed with knives. The victim suffered minor cuts and
bruises as he struggled with his assailants who made off with his property and
a small amount of cash.

No arrests were immediately
reported.

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Police sift through money that was believed to be taken in a Friday night convenience store robbery while one of the suspects lies on the ground in handcuffs.
Photo: Dennie Warren, Jr.

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