Cayman averages robbery attempt every 3-4 days

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    Since the beginning of 2011, the Cayman Islands has recorded a robbery or attempted robbery incident once every three to four days, according to statistics compiled by the 
Caymanian Compass.

    According to the newspaper’s analysis, some 60 per cent of those crimes – or 12 out of the 20 that have occurred through Saturday, 5 March – happened on Thursday or Friday nights. Of the others, four have happened on Mondays, two on Tuesdays and two incident on a Saturday.

    “Crime in this country has reached a point where it’s news for half an hour and then everyone seems to forget and move on,” said George Town MLA Alden McLaughlin, speaking at a Saturday fundraiser for missing landfill worker Anna Evans. His comments were made as part of a plea to the public not to forget about Mrs. Evans’, who disappeared from her job site on 27 January and has never been heard from again.

    If the trend in robberies and attempted robberies were to continue throughout the year, Cayman would 
surpass its record 2010 total of 75 hold-ups or attempted hold-ups.

    Three more robbery attempts occurred on Thursday and Friday evening of the past week within 48 hours of one another. In the first instance Thursday night, the DVD store on Walkers Road was targeted.

    On Friday afternoon, a man walked into an office building on Eastern Avenue seeking to rob individual employees; and later that evening the Pizza Hut store in Countryside Village, Savannah was held up by armed suspects.

    In all three cases, the suspects were reported to be 
carrying firearms.

    Countryside

    The two suspects in Friday night’s robbery in Savannah entered the Pizza Hut restaurant carrying what appeared to be a handgun and a machete, Royal Cayman Islands Police said.

    The robbers allegedly threatened staff with the weapons and demanded cash. They then made off from the scene with an undisclosed amount of money and were last seen running toward the rear of the building.

    No shots were fired and no one was injured in the incident.

    Witnesses described the first robber as about 5’4” with a skinny build, and wearing a dark long sleeved top and grey pant suit. The second robber was about 5’7” with a medium build, wearing a long-sleeved top and grey pants. Both men had what were described as white masks covering their faces.

    Business chaos

    A wild scene at an Eastern Avenue office building happened several hours before the Pizza Hut robbery, but police did not state whether the two incidents were connected.

    RCIPS officers said, just before 3pm Friday a man armed with what appeared to be a handgun entered Qualscape Ltd. in the dms Building on Eastern Avenue, attempting to force a female staff member at Qualscape to give him some cash. The woman avoided the suspect by hiding under a desk and was later forced to run from the building. Police said the suspect then threatened other staff members without success, failed to obtain any cash and fled empty-handed.

    It appeared the suspect tried to get into a burgundy-coloured car sitting outside the office building, but officers said a man sitting in the car drove off before he could do so.

    The suspect ran off and was last seen heading into some nearby bushes, police said.

    No shots were fired and no one was injured in the incident.

    The suspect was about 6’3” with a slim build and a dark brown complexion. Witnesses said his face was covered by a white T-shirt and that he was wearing a white shirt and blue pants.

    Clerk assaulted

    A store clerk was pistol-whipped during a Thursday night robbery in George Town, police said.

    Around 9.05pm Thursday, officers said two masked men entered the DVD Store on Walkers Road, one armed with what appeared to be a handgun.

    RCIPS officers said the suspects threatened a store staffer and demanded cash. The armed man struck the cashier with the gun before the suspects fled with a sum of cash, police said.

    No shots were fired and the cashier who was struck did not require any medical attention.

    Witnesses said the suspects were both about 5’5” tall. They were wearing dark clothing and had their faces covered.

    Quick arrest

    Royal Cayman Islands Police made an arrest within an hour of a robbery occurring at a West Bay grocery store Saturday night.

    At around 8pm Saturday, police said a masked man armed with what appeared to be a firearm entered 3N’s grocery store in Batabano Plaza, threatened staff and demanded cash.

    The suspect then made off from the scene with a small sum of money. No shots were fired and no one was injured in the incident.

    A short time later, also in West Bay, police arrested a man on suspicion of robbery in connection with the incident.

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    The Pizza Hut store in Savannah was robbed Friday night.
    Photo: Dennie Warren Jr.
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    5 COMMENTS

    1. I have been visiting Cayman since 1986 (usually more than once a year) and enjoyed the people who have always been very friendly. Over the past couple of years my wife and I have looked at Cayman as a future retirement location. The recent trend of gun related robberies is very troubling and has been greater as a percentage of per capita then the large Canadian city where we live.
      Unfortunately in a small community these events cause visitors and investors second thoughts. As a small community, the whole community including police and government must cooperate and be more forceful in convictions in order to stem this tide.
      That being said my wife and I will still visit the island during the next two months as we still believe in the Cayman people and thier attitude to life.

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    2. It is high time the victims take part in the solution. If the public would anticipate a robbery attempt at every turn and pounce on the criminal quickly it would result in no more crime.

      Personally if I were in this situation the criminal would not be able to walk again, let alone hold a gun. Preferably made into something useful, like shark bait. No wasting court time, etc.

      Send that message out to these low lifes and it will self correct our sad state of affairs. Vigilantism is underrated.

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    3. Its almost a profession now. Wonder when UCCI is going to be offering classes.

      B and E with Home invasion 101, Money mart stick ups 201, Bank heists 301, and general restaurant holdups 401. And you have an entire semester right there!

      Friday is professional day, so come to class in a mask or tshirt covering your face.

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    4. It is obvious that the sentences people receive for any offence involving a firearm are not severe enough. Its worth the risk to them. If we had a minimum MANDATORY 10 Year sentence with NO parole — then that would be a deterrent. But currently, they get a slap on the wrist and they are out robbing again the next week. Anyone who has a firearm intends to use it to shoot someone — and there can be no tolerance for this. They keep getting away with it, and other criminals decide too that they should also resort to this lucrative crime — their chances of getting caught are next to nil. Stores that handle cash should get good quality cameras installed, although they tend to wear masks, so that would only help a bit — at least the police could determine their height approximate weight, and any unique characteristics. Something is better than nothing. Eye witnesses are not reliable — those being robbed are under intense stress and wont necessarily remember accurate escriptions. Or give useless information like They were wearing blue jeans.

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    5. Sailing Dan, my husband and I also come to Cayman and were considering retiring here, scanning the Compass this evening it is interesting to read all of the crime that has been going on in these lovely islands, such a shame!

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