Since 3 June, there have been 21
robberies or attempted robberies that have occurred on Grand Cayman, a number
that well eclipses what the Islands have seen in recent years for that type of
To put it in perspective, Royal
Cayman Islands Police statistics revealed that just 16 robberies or attempted
robberies occurred in the Islands for the first six months of 2009; and in the
first half of 2008 that number was just 11.
From 3 June to Tuesday night’s two
heists – two months and a week – police have investigated 19 robberies and two
attempted robberies at local businesses or robberies that involved local
residents on Grand Cayman.
Tuesday night’s dual robbery scenes
in George Town at the Subway restaurant and at Captain’s Bakery were the first
major armed robbery scenes RCIPS has responded to this month.
But the months of June and July saw
a huge spike in robberies and in the vast majority of those cases, the suspects
used a handgun in commission of their crimes.
In 16 of the robbery or attempted
robbery cases that have occurred since 3 June, police have reported that
handguns or shotguns were used in commission of the crimes. That was in only
one heist – at the North Church Street Burger King on 7 June – where a store
clerk was struck with a pistol.
Shots were fired at police officers
during a chase following an 11 June robbery at Mostyn’s Esso in Bodden Town,
but no one was hit by the gunfire.
There was also an incident on 22
July during which a homeowner was pistol-whipped by burglary suspects who had
$3,000 taken from him, but police reported that incident as an aggravated
burglary rather than a robbery.
A burglary in another home that
same July night led to the death of the break-in suspect at the hands of an
armed homeowner. Again, that case is not considered a robbery attempt by
One of Tuesday night’s robbery
scenes occurred in an area that has been of particular concern for law
enforcement officers for the past two years.
At about 10.25 pm Tuesday, police
said, a man armed with what appeared to be a handgun entered the Captain’s
Bakery on West Bay Road toward the southern end of Seven Mile Beach. Police
said he threatened staff and made off with a sum of cash.
No one was injured in the incident
and no shots were fired.
According to Royal Cayman Islands
Police, the suspect was described as being about 5’5”, wearing a dark cap,
black and white short sleeve shirt and dark long pants.
Between January and May of this
year, RCIPS reported four robberies occurring along West Bay Road.
But Police Inspector Anthony White
recently said the main trouble spot in the Seven Mile Beach area has been Helen
Drive – across the street from Captain’s Bakery and the St. Matthews University
residence hall. There have been nine total criminal offences reported there,
including five robberies since 2008.
Mr. White said it’s not a bad
neighbourhood. However, he said the number of people who are out late attending
bars and parties at clubs in Queens Court and Whitehall make it fertile ground
for criminals seeking an easy score.
Most robberies took place in the
area between 11.30pm and 2am, and all the victims involved were attacked while
walking down the street.
The Captain’s Bakery robbery was
the first recent incident where it was a business – not an individual – that
had been robbed.
Five minutes after the Captain’s
Bakery was robbed on Tuesday night, police said another man entered the Subway
restaurant in Anderson Square.
Police said this man’s face was
covered with a scarf and what appeared to be a firearm in the waistband of his
trousers. He threatened staff and made off with a small sum of cash.
Again, no shots were fired and no-one
The second suspect is described as
being 5’7” with a dark complexion. He was wearing dark-coloured pants and a