WestStar TV offices robbed

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Three armed and masked robbers entered the offices of WestStar Television Thursday afternoon and held up employees in the bill payment office, according to officials with the company.

The incident happened around 3pm. No one was hurt and no shots were fired.

According to WestStar Marketing Manager Vanessa Hansen, the suspects entered through the front door of the station and robbed the billing office on the first floor of the building.

The armed men did receive some money and left the scene.

“Our customer care staff have been trained for this type of situation, and that training was followed,” Ms Hansen said.  “Everyone did what they were supposed to do.”

“The most important thing is that everyone is safe,” said Customer Care Manager Shayne Whittaker. “The staff are understandably shaken up, so we have brought in a counselor from the employee assistance programme to talk to them.”

Police were on scene interviewing WestStar staff members who were victims in the heist. The police helicopter was also on scene and there were initial reports that a man had been arrested in George Town’s Rock Hole area in connection with the robbery.

WestStar TV is located just off Eastern Avenue behind Rankin’s Plaza.

Ms Hansen, who has worked at the TV station for the last 14 years, said they’ve never been robbed in her time there.

WestStar also operates the Islands’ only TV news station – Cayman 27 – where News Director April Cummings found herself in an odd position in the aftermath of the heist.

“It’s an interesting situation to be in, where you actually have to cover yourself [on the news],” Ms Cummings said. “It’s hard to be objective when it’s you.”

Ms Cummings said Thursday afternoon that a final decision had not been made, but that it was probable the robbery would be covered on Cayman 27 just like any other similar incident would.

“We’ll likely just report the facts and leave it at that,” she said.

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Police interview WestStar employees at the scene of Thursday’s robbery. Photo: Brent Fuller

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