Mario Rankine says he’s become a target because of his success
Mario Rankine, whose work truck was torched last week, told the Caymanian Compass he is being “targeted and victimised”.
Mr. Rankine said the most recent incident, which took place on the night of 23 January, was simply another “vindictive act” motivated by people who had a problem with any success he has experienced over the past year. He explained the particular chain of events that he felt started the ill-feelings.
“It was around about the early part of last year when I decided that I did not want to be suppressed and limited to live any other way than that way I want to enjoy my life. I bought some material items and that was kind of a coming out party after some of the deals I managed to procure in the early part of the year.”
Many of Mr. Rankine’s business associations are well documented. They range from his involvement with a proposed oil refinery in the Cayman Islands to his company being one of the players in the development of a new road in the West Bay area.
“I have done well and perception could have been anything,” noted Mr. Rankine. “I have now found out that openly expressing and living my life the way I dreamt of has come at a serious cost. Doing the things that make me happy has motivated people in my own society to victimize me to the point where I have been threatened to be robbed if I do not give the people money.”
In addition to the alleged attempts of extortion, Mr. Rankine said he has had the windows of both his Ferraris smashed, along with his apartment being broken into, two Rolex watches stolen and diesel and batteries stolen from his trucks. He said the damage on the semi truck that was torched was valued in the region of $45,000, adding that the truck did not have comprehensive insurance and was a total loss. Mr. Rankine said the young man who was driving the vehicle is now at a disadvantage with no job a family to feed.
The matter has been reported to the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service and is under investigation.
“I would encourage anyone who has worked for me to come forward and share any facts they may have about me not owing them anything. I have helped many and the reality is quite the contrary. It is funny to think that if I had owed someone, how is it that person has not taken legal action? They have singled me out because I chose to spend my money on things that make me happy. How much money do you have to owe someone for them to burn your livelihood?”
Anyone with information regarding the burning of Mario Rankine’s dump truck should contact the RCIPS at 949-4222.