Updated: Royal Cayman Islands Police detectives investigating Thursday’s robbery at Magnum Jewellers said later in the day that the suspects were using a stolen vehicle that was later found burnt out in George Town.
The vehicle, a grey Rav-4, was stolen from Seaside Way, Savannah, sometime between 9pm Wednesday and 6.10am Thursday, police said.
The vehicle was found burned out on Wahoo Close in George Town, not far from where the jewellery store was robbed.
Three men armed with what appeared to be axes or hammers entered the downtown George Town jewellery store late Thursday morning, smashing glass cases and taking everything they could get their hands on, according to the store’s owner.
The robbery was reported to the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service around 11.20am Thursday; one of the busiest shopping days on Grand Cayman before Christmas. There were passengers from up to six cruise ships in port and wandering about the downtown area at the time the heist occurred.
“This is the last thing we needed,” said Magnum Jewellers owner Harry Chandi, speaking on the scene just minutes after the robbery occurred. “Three guys came in here with axes, it was like a movie. I don’t even know what they took yet.”
Police first said that it appeared that the suspects used some kind of tool to
break into the cases, and that they appeared to be hammers and not
Officers later clarified that axes had been used to break through the display cases.
According to Mr. Chandi, the suspects actually entered the store twice, collecting merchandise from the smashed glass cases both times. Glass and debris littered the floor of the store on Cardinall Avenue as police questioned store workers.
Mr. Chandi said three people were inside the business at the time of the robbery, but no one was hurt.
“This is the first time something like this has happened to me in 25 years,” said Mr. Chandi, who owns three jewellery stores in downtown George Town.
Police said the suspects got into a car and drove off from the scene. No arrests were immediately reported.
“We have video of the whole thing,” he said.
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