Three masked robbers – all of them armed – held up the Fidelity bank in downtown George Town before 10am Friday.
According to witness accounts from inside the bank, the three men demanded everyone inside drop to the floor before they went behind the counter and took money from the tellers.
It was believed the men got away with some cash before fleeing. Their escape vehicle was described as a Black Jeep Compass, according to police.
Police were on the scene within minutes of the heist, which took place on Dr. Roys Drive – ironically, right across the street from where the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service Financial Crime Unit is located.
No one inside the bank was hurt, but one female bank employee said several were shaken up by the heist.
“I was so frightened, I was just trying to hide,” the woman said.
An ambulance was located outside the bank on standby just in case.
Former Fidelity bank president Leonard Ebanks just happened to be inside making a transaction when the robbers stormed in.
“I just heard these voices behind me and they said ‘everybody on the ground, this is a hold up’,” Mr. Ebanks said. “There were three of them…they were in and out in one minute.”
There were no reports of any arrests immediately following the hold up. Later in the morning, police had a wide area of Dr. Roys Drive blocked to vehicle traffic and the RCIPS helicopter was assisting in searches of the area around central George Town.
The three suspects in the bank robbery were described as follows:
*First suspect – Brown complexion, 6 feet in height, weighing about 180 pounds. He was wearing a white overall over his face and dark glasses.
*Second suspect – Dark brown complexion, wearing denim pants and a white and grey coloured shirt.
*Third suspect – Dark brown complexion, wearing a white shirt and dark pants.
The Fidelity branch on Dr. Roys Drive was closed the entire day Friday. It was expected to reopen on Monday.
“We’re just so thankful that none of our staff or customers were hurt,” said current bank president Brett Hill Friday afternoon.
Bank robberies are extremely rare in the Cayman Islands. Friday’s heist was only the second to occur here this year. In February, the Cayman National Bank branch in the Countryside Shopping Centre was robbed.
In March 2006, the Cayman National Bank Branch
in Centennial Towers, West Bay was robbed..
Prior to that, the last bank robbery on Grand Cayman
happened in the 1990’s.
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