After suffering several late-night/early morning robberies within the past few years, managers at the Walkers Road Texaco in Grand Cayman said Friday that they may close the store during the overnight hours.
“It looks like something that may have to happen,” said David Wight, co-manager of the gas station and convenience store. “No matter what we do, we still get hit.
“The only way to stop them is with guns and we can’t have that.”
A lone robber struck at the Walkers Road Texaco before dawn on Friday.
The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service received the robbery report around 3.40am. Witnesses said the suspect smashed the glass door of the business and entered with a machete.
Police said the suspect vaulted the convenience store counter and took some cash from the store register. He ran away from the store and was not located.
The robber was described as 5 feet, 6 inches tall with a dark complexion. He wore a black mask and had a black cloth tied around his head. The suspect wore a long-sleeved, dark sweater with a white inside T-shirt and long black pants.
No one was hurt. The store is a 24-hour operation and police said staff were present at the time of the hold up.
Mr. Wight said the night manager of the store, one of two employees at the business premises when the robber struck, ran to the back of the convenience store to hide while the armed suspect took what amounted to a few hundred dollars in cash. The other employee, a gas pump attendant, was in the bathroom at the time of the robbery.
The store manager said they had installed additional security equipment following an earlier robbery, but that it hadn’t stopped the armed man from breaking through the glass of the front door.
He said all robberies at the store within the past few years seemed to be happening during the overnight period. Right now, the store works three shifts, 7am to 3pm, 3 to 11pm and 11pm to 7am.
The Walkers Road Texaco is one of the handful 24-hour service stations operating in Grand Cayman. Most of the gas stations still close down during the overnight periods.