A burglary attempt, apparently by way of a tunnel, occurred at Butterfield Bank at the Compass Centre Monday morning. The bank was closed for the Discovery Day holiday.
“We can confirm that police have received a report of a burglary at Butterfield, Compass Centre, George Town. Officers are currently on the scene and enquiries are ongoing,” according to a statement from a police spokesperson about 10am. The spokesperson later amended the statement to reflect a burglary attempt.
Bank officials were seen inside the building and police vans were in the car park. Later in the morning a backhoe was brought in and inspectors had closed off a portion of the vacant lot next to the Compass Centre, in a corner close to the rear of the bank. However, as of press time, a police spokesperson was unable to confirm reports of a tunnel or partial tunnel.
On 24 November, 2010, three men wearing Halloween masks and carrying guns walked into the same Butterfield Bank branch just before 11.30am, fired a shot into the ceiling and ordered everyone to the ground before fleeing with an undisclosed amount of cash.
No one was injured in the incident.