Spent bullet found on store shelf

Bullet apparently left by police investigating break-in

Royal Cayman Islands Police are
investigating an
overnight burglary in which shots were fired in order to break into a
business.

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
the glass.

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. 

“The video
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
evidence.

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).

1 COMMENT

  1. Could this be anymore embarrassing?? the bullet that shot the front door was not recovered?? my god. I have seen shows on worlds dumbest criminals….but it sounds like cayman has a good start to worlds most pathetic police…. get it together!!

  2. A SPENT BULLET THAT COULD HAVE COST A LIFE!

    Those who are opposing firearm ownership by responsible business owners and homeowners, don’t really have aa leg to stand on!

    I really don’t like to say this, but one day, someone innocent is going to get shot… and then what?

    The Commissioner of Police should be supporting responsible gun ownership… but it appears he speaks negatively about it. So irrational!

  3. Another fine job done by the RCIPS,they must have done a right thorough search of the place……i think not !Shame on you ,does not give decent people much confidence in them ,we need some good tough British policing done here !!

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