Bullet apparently left by police investigating break-in
Royal Cayman Islands Police are
overnight burglary in which shots were fired in order to break into a
One of those bullets fired
by the suspects remained on a store shelf amongst some beauty products
until police came back to pick it up Thursday afternoon, according to
store owner Prentice Panton.
Following reports on www.caycompass.com and other media about the incident, the RCIPS has launched an internal investigation into the matter.
Police released the following statement Friday afternoon:
“A thorough review of the circumstances is being undertaken to establish the cause of this lapse and where lessons need to be learned, or procedures need to be changed, we will ensure that is done. That said, our primary focus is on locating and arresting these offenders. We therefore reinforce our appeal for anyone with any information about this offence to contact us at the earliest opportunity.”
At about 1.30 a.m. Thursday, police
said four masked men approached Reflections Food For Less on Godfrey
Nixon Way, George Town.
At least one
of the men had a firearm and shot at the door of the premises shattering
Police said the men
entered the store and ran off with a cash register shortly afterward.
Mr. Panton said CCTV cameras inside his
store captured images of the men swiping the cash register and running
through the store, waving their guns around – sometimes pointing the
weapons at each other.
shows at least two of them had guns,” Mr. Panton said.
The suspects – all wearing white
masks – were last seen running in the area of Washington Boulevard.
Some staff were on duty within the store at
the time of the incident, but no one was injured.
Mr. Panton said staff members located at
least two bullets inside the store. One bullet that had apparently
passed through the glass door and a couple of boxes lodged on a shelf
was left behind by police.
Investigating officers were told
about the bullet, Mr. Panton said. However, he said the crime scene
officers that showed up later in the morning were apparently not told
about it by those officers.
Police later came to collect the
Mr. Panton said the
suspects got away with some money and a few cartons of cigarettes, but
the amount of the take was not significant.
“The damage to the store, the glass door and
the shelves, will cost us more,” he said.
Anyone who was in the area at the
relevant time and witnessed the incident, or the men running off from
the scene, is asked to call George Town CID on 949-4222 or the
confidential Crime Stoppers number 800-8477 (TIPS).