The Cayman Islands Brewery was burgled early Friday and lost some cash as well as a number of ‘gold medal’ awards it was previously granted for brewing excellence.
According to James Mansfield of the brewery, an assistant brewer was still on site brewing at around midnight and alerted 911 when he heard a noise.
“He didn’t go out into the front of the premises and waited for the police who responded very quickly. They found the guy next door on the property, smashing the cash register with a hammer. So they gave chase and he actually got away, but he left his bicycle,” said Mr. Mansfield.
He said that the brewery had provided the police with video from their security cameras which shows the theft in progress.
According to Mr. Mansfield the perpetrator had clearly been familiar with the premises, as he “went straight to the tip jar, straight to the cash register, and straight to where the gold medals were.”
Although the perpetrator escaped with a small sum in cash, the greatest loss for the brewery as a collection of medals the brewery had received for their beers at international brewing competitions.
“We can’t replace the medals, so we will now just have three empty display boxes,” said Mr. Mansfield.
“They’re not really gold, so if they melt them down there is no value to them.”
He said that the brewery had alerted the pawn shops and cash for gold business on Grand Cayman to the theft of the medals and was hoping that they could be found and returned to the brewery, as the medals had no value to anyone but the brewery.
“We’re just glad everybody is safe and there were no injuries. The police have got a fairly good description of him so hopefully something will come of it,” he said.