Three arrested in robbery

Three men were arrested Monday afternoon in connection with a robbery at a West Bay liquor store.

Police said the robbery occurred at the Tortuga Rum Company store next to Cracked Conch in West Bay Monday around 2.30pm.

Store owner Robert Hamaty said his staff informed him that two masked, armed men entered the business at just about the same time two cruise ship tour buses were loading up to leave the parking lot

There were two customers in the store at the time of the heist as well as staff, Mr. Hamaty said. The suspects got away with two cash registers after making the customers lie down on the floor, he said.  

No shots were fired and nobody was hurt. 

The Caymanian Compass has learned police officers pulled over a Green Hyundai van in connection with the robbery on the Esterley Tibbetts highway near the George Town landfill a short time later. One individual was taken into custody there. 

Police later confirmed that three men – one driving the green van and two others at a location in West Bay – had been arrested in connection with the robbery. 

Police were searching the vehicle that was stopped on the Esterley. It was unknown how much cash had been taken from the store. 

The incident marked the third time in the past year that a Tortuga store on Grand Cayman had been robbed. It was also the 13th reported robbery on Grand Cayman in 2011. 

3 COMMENTS

  1. Wow! Good news, sounds like the police have taken notice and made some positive changes. About time some of these young people were held accountable. I for one hope these arrests are a deterrent for others. It was looking pretty easy to commit an armed robbery there for awhile.

  2. I couldnt tell from the article if the customers were local or otherwise. Also, those apprehended, were they local?.

    Lets assume the victims were tourists. Its been said many times before,that unless these crooks are handed the harshest of sentences then the fiasco will continue and pretty soon Cayman will have lost everything it has. Tourists have lots of places to spend their money and slowly but surely those other options will be chosen.Pray that those terorized were not tourists. If this hits the media, the fat lady will have already sung and the game is over.

    If they were locals or tourists, pray for their recovery.

  3. I have seen a lot of Cruise brochures and going ashore in Grand cayman to do a heist doesnt seem to be a suggested itinerary.
    my 10 says of course the robbers will be residents………… ooppps, sorry, gambling illegal isnt it!!!

    The Beachbum

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