Robbery, shots fired at Esso

Two armed men shot their way through the locked door of a George Town gas station early Friday morning – and stole less than $100.

At about 4.30am police received a report that two female attendants working in Delworth’s Esso heard shots being discharged at the door, shattering the glass.

The terrified attendants locked themselves in the convenience store office as the two suspects, who were dressed in dark clothing, came in through the broken door. The suspects grabbed the cash tray and ran off, police said.

Neither of the attendants were injured in the incident, but both have been left shaken by the ordeal, police said.

RCIPS armed officers, who had been on mobile patrol a few hundred yards away, heard the shots and immediately headed towards the location. As they reached the gas station they saw a car with two people inside drive past them at very high speed. The car was travelling from the direction of the gas station onto West Bay Road. Suspecting that the car occupants may have been involved in the armed robbery,  the officers gave chase and stopped the car a short distance away.

A search was carried out and a quantity of ganja was found secreted in the fuel flap area of the car. The two men were arrested on suspicion of possession of ganja. However, nothing was found to suggest that the occupants of the car had been involved in the gas station robbery.

Chief Superintendent John Jones praised the owner and staff of the gas station for doing all the right things and taking the necessary safety precautions to prevent the attendants from being injured.

“Last year when we were experiencing an increase in gas station robberies we spoke with owners and staff and provided security advice such as keeping doors locked and making sure staff had somewhere safe and secure within the premises,” Mr. Jones said. “These two ladies did exactly the right thing, they remained calm despite the terrifying circumstances and they are now in the process of providing statements to our officers.

“The people responsible for these crimes are using guns indiscriminately. Until we get those responsible off the streets all business owners need to work with us, not only to make sure they try to make it as difficult as possible for the robbers to gain access – but most importantly to make sure that appropriate measures are taken to keep their staff as safe as possible. We have increased our mobile patrols and armed capability significantly and in fact officers were only a few hundred yards away when they heard the shots this morning. But unfortunately no matter how much we would like to position an officer in each gas station, restaurant or business premises, we do not have the resources to do that. That’s why we need the community to continue to assist by calling in any suspicious activity.”

Thursday night officers from the RCIPS once again visited business premises to deliver safety leaflets to staff and discuss security issues.

The Chamber of Commerce has also thrown its support behind the efforts of the RCIPS and is asking business owners to review their security measures .

Chamber President James O’Neill said: “It seems another line has been crossed as our community struggles to comprehend the violent crimes committed recently against two small local businesses. We are confident that the responsible persons will be caught but the Chamber urges business owners and employees to be extra vigilant through their day to day operations. At the same time let us remember that we cannot let these incidents change us  as a community and we must not allow ourselves to be led by fear and distrust. It is important for all businesses and residents to work together with law enforcement officials. If have any information please contact the police or use the Cayman Crime Stoppers confidential tipster line.”

Anyone with information about the robbery should contact George Town Police station on 949-4222  or the confidential Crime Stoppers number 800-8477 (TIPS).

 

11 COMMENTS

  1. Another day, another crime involving gun violence. The only thing missing from this article is the standard line of no one has been arrested and the police have no suspects at this time. When is the government going to step up and institute a crime prevention strategy?

    The first thing that should be done: Mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years for any crime inolving a gun. Mandatory minimum sentence of life without parole years for any crime where someone is shot (i.e. assault with a deadly weapon, attempted murder, murder). Even if the prison in Cayman is not the toughest of prisons, no one wants to spend an automatic 25 years there. Mandatory sentences like these would at least act as some deterrent.

    Instead, we can expect no action from the Premier, no action from the Governor, no action from the Legislative Assembly, and of course, no results from the RCIPS. And no editorial from the Compass on the serious crime problem, and instead an editorial on a scandal in England (I know the Compass talks about the crime problem, but this should be the focus of an editorial EVERY DAY until someone does something).

    Lock your doors and stay inside. Whether you’re on Seven Mile, West Bay or Bodden Town, this island is no longer safe.

  2. And you would have thought that the Police would had at least, stake out the gas stations, seeing that the first robbery trend was at Lornas in Bodden Town where only a small sum of cash was taken.

    Sorry, but with RCIP, I sometimes wonder who is in charge of their operations; or, is it just a lack of man power. But there are over 300 plus officers in the Police Service!

  3. Our sincere concern and prayers go out to Mrs. Connor who fell victim at the recent shooting the gas station in Bodden Town. There is no excuse for this but instead an explanation.
    As we recall the election of the United Democratic Party was widely hailed as a giant step forward for PPM haters and party politics. Caymanians however, may remember this administration as a giant step back for the working class and Cayman’s Youth during a period of deepening alienation, anger and despair in the Cayman Islands from district to district. These shootings are a result of socioeconomic decline, spurred by greed, political bigotry and anarchy. Our newly elected government has been in power for the past two years and nothing has been done to create jobs and put people back to work. Young people are graduating year after year by the hundreds and thousands and nowhere to go.. Our present systems and policies in pursuit of greed to generate revenues from the continual grant of work permits to fill jobs that many of our young people are qualified to fill. Meantime our young grads are released into our society with no hope, a blighted future, and no opportunity to secure a permanent job in order to make an honest living in their own country that they love. This is not only disheartening but also shameful that our young people in their hopeless state feel that they have to take back from society what they believe is rightfully theirs’ engaging in acts of violence, such as armed robberies, shootings etc.
    Never in the history of the Cayman Islands, have the people faced such devastating and oppressive conditions: high expectations and hopes now running up against a reality of vanishing jobs away from its people, and occupied by work permit holders. Excessive government spending and a fractured and fragmented leadership is responsible. As the present administration is determined to bar any likely positive change to ensure employment of duly qualified Caymanians to fill jobs for which they are being denied; anger, even violence; alternatively, the poor working class has fallen prey to this new kind of passive despair and anarchy as hope disappears from our society day after day. The flash back of the UDP Minister of Education’s most damaging statement that Caymanians are not employable to date the minister has not offered a statement of apology to the people of the Cayman Islands.. This lack of good leadership characteristic, and breach of public trust, portrayed by the Minister can only yield negative results such as social unrest, crime and violence.
    It is with sadness that I note that our elected Legislators are not even aware of their responsibility to the society which in they were elected to serve their constituents . The apparent position taken by the aforementioned is no doubt oblivion to the reality of how sound leadership is defined and that creating jobs and putting people back to work is fundamental to successful planning and organizing the demographics in attempt to promote or ensure prosperity and a crime free society.
    The Local Press has not at all been intoxicated with this new leadership and has led the media to zoom in on the new crisis of crime escalating, the threat to our peoples’ freedom of democracy now stalking the Cayman Islands The new leader of the UDP political party was thought to be the new savior of the economy but what a surprise. The press choirs songs of hope and change that was coming our way have now taken shape to lend the people a voice to speak their minds freely in their exercise of freedom of speech threatened by this new administration..
    But as the rosy glow of May 2009 surrounding the administration and all its works slowly dies away, many Caymanians are now taken aback at the rise in crime, the political oppression and social injustices committed against them. The new song is an early call for change..

  4. Tiger, it is a complex matter as to the causes of the increase in crime. People in Government, Civil Servants, Private Sector, Home, Community, Special Interest groups, and Global Recession, are all factors that weigh into our ecnomic situation, and also to our crime. Most importantly, the parents and guardians of society. Everyone is to blame in some way or the other.

    I only see one alternative against this downward slope, Cayman is heading into – And that is, people, collectively, become more virtuous and ethical. But seeing how everybody follows their own thinking and personal views, that will never happen.

    Jesus spoke about a fisherman that cast his net into the sea and drew up the fish he catched. Those who spoke the truth were the fisherman. The net represented the gospel message. The sea represented the world, and those fish that were caught by the net, represented people that adhered to the gospel message and decided to change their lives for the better.

    We may see no hope for the Cayman Islands. But I am sure, whatever your religious or political affiliation is, true education and taking the time to speak to our children and ex-convicts words of wisdom, will win many of them from pursuing a life of crime and drugs. It is information warfare we have to engage in now! All of the wise men of the east won people’s hearts by persuasion and delivering the timeless messages of truth, truth that was revolutionary – not just something from the books!

    To fight force with force and no wisdom, creates more unnecessary force and harm.

  5. When the economy was good, the drug dealers who had the guns (this is becuase the guns come into Cayman alongs with the drugs) had guns to protect against and/or kill/intimidate rvials, they had no need to rob people. They were making money hand over fist supplying working customers. Now that they have no income because no one has money to buy drugs and/or becuase there drug shipments are being intercepted, they are turning to robberies.

    Heres a idea take half of the police force and have them stake out known drug dealers, night and day. They more of them off the streets, the less gun crime you will see.

    As for Caymanians being unemployable, its because they choose not work or atleast work well. That cannot be pinned on any single administration. As for Rolston calling Caymanians unemployable, he would be mostly right. How can we have so much unemployment but yet have so many people here on work permits doing jobs that dont require a college level education?

    It because most Caymanians without a college degree dont want to do the landscaping, the fast food service, the waiter or other jobs they consider to be menial.
    I have seen ex-cons get jobs where only work permit holders were before so I know Caymanians would be hired if only they tryed but they wont.

  6. A few years back (2005 ish) I was talking with a 14-15 year old who was explaining to me that he would have to get a gun, because the other gangs had them and so that way there would be no fighting as they would all have guns. This I feel is part of the reality that this lad will have grown into.

    That said, why should we assume these are all drug related? Fundamentally, it could be drug related, but it could be organised crime, gang intimidation, anger/economic issues, personal revenge, or a mix of these. It’s hard to know what is going on from reading the news but the case for CCTV cameras gets stronger by the day. I’m not one for big brother is watching, but then who is? If a command centre could follow a vehicle from the scene in real time, as it happens, it has to make catching these people more easy.

    I suppose at the bottom of this, and my reason to write, is my deep sadness for those affected by these crimes; not just the victims, but their friends, family and the impact every incident has on all of the community.

  7. Beenie,

    Presenting a true socioeconimic picture does not allow for taking sides with stupid politicians who put their foot in their mouth.

  8. I blame the local people of Cayman for hiding these criminals and not contacting the Police. The Police can only do so much without the help of the community.
    I know who my neighbours are and what they do!!! If they where doing anything illegal I would call the Police.

    The only way the Cayman Islands will get rid of these bad apples is if the community acted.

    The Police made and effort to go see each district this month and then like in West Bay 5 people show up!!!!! Are the people of Cayman not tired of the criminals?

    I know I am and wish the police goodluck. The Police have all the Staff, Cars and equipment that they need, ONLY thing they need is the eyes and ears of every member of the public to find these criminals.

  9. Police can do so much? They are PAID to do more than so much. What a stupid course of action they have taken-chase the suspects and leave the gas station. They should be feaured on stupid police show. The entire police force should be on duty 24×7 since the first shooting. This gas station should have been surrounded by police in 3 min and all roads blocked.

Comments are closed.