Two similar incidents within month
For the second time this month, robbery victims have been tied up during a heist inside a home in Grand Cayman.
A shot was fired during the robbery early Thursday at a condominium complex on West Bay Road, the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service reported. According to police, the robbery occurred around 3.50am in an apartment at Seagull Condominiums.
The Seagull complex is located just south of the Royal Palms-Reef Grill on West Bay Road. The building where the robbery occurred is just off the road on the sea side, further away from the beach.
The three men were inside the home – two residents and one visitor – when three suspects came in through an unsecured door, police said. Two of the men were tied up during the incident and a third slept through the entire ordeal.
The shot was fired by one of the suspects in the kitchen area, but no one was hit and no one was injured otherwise during the hold up.
No arrests were immediately reported.
Items stolen included a Mac laptop computer, an iPod and cell phones, police said.
The three suspects were described as black males , slim build and tall, one being about 6’ 3” and all wearing hoodies and denim jeans with their faces covered.
Second tie up
An armed robbery that involved three victims being tied up by their assailants at another George Town condo complex earlier in March was not immediately reported to police.
The Caymanian Compass was notified of the incident via an e-mail that went out to residents at the Lakeside Villas condos along the Esterley Tibbetts Highway on 7 March.
According to the management company’s statement on the incident: “Four masked men with machetes and a gun accosted a resident of Lakeside while [he was] returning to his apartment. They entered the apartment tied up the three occupants, stealing some cash and a few pieces of jewellery. They did not harm the three occupants of the apartment.”
Apparently, the robbery happened sometime after midnight in the early morning hours of Monday, 5 March. Residents of the complex told the Compass that the suspects in the incident waited in the stairwell of the building where the robbery occurred to confront the man.
It was not immediately clear why police had not been contacted immediately about the robbery.
A police spokesperson declined to discuss specific details of the robbery: “We received a report late [Tuesday] morning of an incident at Lakeside that had occurred some 12 hours earlier.
The facts of the matter have not yet been established and police enquiries are ongoing.”
Police have never released any further information about the Lakeside robbery despite repeated requests. They did not specify Thursday if there was any potential connection between the 5 March robbery and the one that occurred Thursday morning.