small businesses on Grand Cayman were targeted last week in armed robberies
where weapons were used, workers were threatened and one man was hospitalised.
businesses included a money transfer station, a pizza shop, a diner, a laundromat
and a convenience store. In all cases the robbers got away with cash.
gave different descriptions of the suspects involved in each heist.
Arrests were reported in connection with two of the cases. All three suspects, aged 18, 19, and 21 were arrested in police operations Saturday night.
incidents continued an upward trend in robberies noted last year when Royal
Cayman Islands Police statistics showed more than a 50 per cent increase in
armed robberies – most of those occurring at business establishments.
public frustration with these crimes was evident in the anger expressed by an
employee at one of businesses that was hit by robbers last week.
getting out of hand,” said the man, who did not wish to be named for fear of
retaliation. “The police can only do so much.” “Soon the…hardworking people of
this Island may start ridding this land of the pond scum mingling among the
good people of our beautiful country.”
latest robbery occurred Saturday evening in Elizabethan Square – the same
complex where the RCIPS central headquarters is located.
to witnesses, a lone gunman walked into the Reggae Money Express store and
demanded money. Police said the suspect made off with some cash.
one was hurt and no shots were fired, police said. The robbery was reported at
men have been arrested and were in police custody late Saturday. No charges had been filed.
Cayman Islands Police were investigating two robberies Friday; one at a corner
grocery, the other at a diner.
man was hospitalised Friday night after being slashed with a machete in the
grocery store robbery, according to police.
robbery was reported at Timbuctuu restaurant near the West Bay four-stop.
8.30pm Friday, police said two men armed with machetes entered the Plum Tree
grocery store, Plum Tree Road, Northward.
said the men assaulted a store staff member and grabbed the cash register. They
then ran off from the store.
victim suffered head and hand injuries from the attack. The injuries were not
thought to be life threatening, police said.
An 18-year-old was later arrested in connection with the robbery.
No one was hurt in the robbery at
Timbuctuu that happened about two hours after the grocery store was hit.
said two restaurant employees were sitting on the patio at the front of the
premises on Town Hall Road when two masked men confronted them.
said the men, who appeared to be armed, forced the staff back inside the
premises and stole some cash. The suspects were last seen running off to the
rear of the restaurant.
suspects were both described as Caymanian, around 5’4”, light complexion,
wearing black long sleeved shirts, black pants, white T-shirts over their faces
and black gloves.
Witnesses said one suspect was of stocky build and approximately 30 years of
age. The second male was described as being slim and in his mid-20s.
24 hours prior to the robbery at Timbuctuu, a laundromat worker was targeted in
a robbery in George Town.
officers said an employee of the Quick Wash Laundry on Eastern Avenue had just
locked up around 10pm Thursday when she was confronted two armed men who came
from behind the Trade Centre and grabbed her bag.
bag contained business takings from the laundromat.
shots were fired and no one was hurt.
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
second suspect was described as 5’11” wearing dark clothing and a hooded top.
the victim was not injured she has been left shaken by the ordeal,” RCIPS
Superintendent Marlon Bodden said.
incident further highlights the need for business owners and staff to take all
possible security steps to ensure the safety of those carrying cash. 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
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.”
Monday night, a popular pizza shop on West Bay Road was held up – again with
customers and workers inside.
said at about 10pm Monday, two masked men armed with handguns entered Gino’s
Pizza. Investigating officers said men threatened staff and a number of
customers before making off with cash from the register
shots were fired and no one was injured in the incident.
suspects, who had their faces covered during the heist, were described as being
around 6’ in height, wearing baseball caps, dark coloured tops and jeans.
have so far not reported any links between the robberies last week.