A lone gunman held up the Tortuga Duty Free and Tax Free store in broad daylight Tuesday afternoon, making off with several hundred dollars in cash.
Store owner Robert Hamaty said two of his store employees were inside when the gunman entered just after 3.30pm Tuesday. He said the two women were getting ready to close up for the day.
“He was threatening them that he would kill them,” Mr. Hamaty said, adding that this was the second time this summer a store of his had been robbed. The other incident happened in June at Tortuga Discount Liquors in Pasadora Place.
The gunman was said to have made off on foot from the scene. There were reports he had been captured along Walkers Road a short time after the robbery, but police later said those turned out to be bogus.
The two store workers were speaking to police detectives in a gazebo located outside the store and appeared visibly shaken from the incident. They were not hurt.
The robbery took place after all cruise ships had departed the George Town harbour for the day. However, there were several tourists and residents walking around in the scenic waterfront section when the heist occurred on South Church Street.
The suspect in the robbery was described as dark complected, about 5’9″ wearing a brown shirt, and dark blue jeans. He had a brown cap pulled low over his face and was carrying what appeared to be a handgun.
Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call George Town police at 949-4222 or Crime Stoppers at 800-8477.