Business earnings swiped in robbery

A laundromat worker was apparently targeted in a robbery in George Town late Thursday, according to the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service.

Around 10pm Thursday an employee of the Quick Wash Laundry on Eastern Avenue locked up and left the premises, walking towards the Cayman Trade Centre.

Police said two armed men came from behind the Trade Centre and grabbed the woman’s bag, which contained business takings from the laundromat.

The men were last seen running towards Churchill’s Funeral Home and then to Bodden Road.

No shots were fired and no one was hurt.

Police described the first robbery suspect as being around 5’4”, wearing a camouflage jacket and black hooded top. His face was covered with what appeared to be a bandana.

The second suspect was described as 5’11” wearing dark clothing and a hooded top.

“Although the victim was not injured she has been left shaken by the ordeal,” RCIPS Superintendent Marlon Bodden said. “Eastern Avenue is a busy road…therefore, if you were in the area [Thursday] night and saw anything suspicious please get in touch with us at George Town police station.
“This incident further highlights the need for business owners and staff to take all possible security steps to ensure the safety of those carrying cash,” Mr. Bodden continued. “Our advice is that the methods and times of carrying cash should be varied as much as possible – and that more than one person should be present when cash is being transported.

“The best case scenario would be to employ recognised security or cash transit companies to carry cash, but we recognise that for small businesses that may not always be possible.”