Police hunt Tortuga robbery suspect

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.

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Tortuga owner Robert Hamaty (left, in background) with police outside his store on South Church Street at Boilers Road.
Photo: Brent Fuller


  1. It’s must easier to rob stores, when you know they are not armed 8)

    There are two types of signs you can put in a window

    One store has this sign
    "proud anti gun supporter"

    The other store has this sign
    "proud gun owner"

    which one do you think the criminal will rob? 8)

  2. After reding about all the robberies, break and enters, home invasions and other criminal activities, you would think the jails must be crammed to the rafters.

    Any thoughts on that?

    Stevie D.

  3. If this sort of thing isnt nipped in the bud, Cayman’s issue of dealing with a docking facility to prop up its tourist industry will be the least of its worries. You wont be able to pay people to visit our island.

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