Cops: Nighttime gathering was specifically targeted
A gang of armed men, wearing masks and camouflage gear, burst into a gathering at a home in Savannah in the early hours of Wednesday and stole cash and jewelry.
All four of the robbers were said to be carrying handguns. They held up three individuals outside the home, escorted them back inside at gunpoint and forced everyone present to lie face down on the floor while they stole their belongings.
There were around 10 people in the home at the time, understood to include at least one child. Initial police reports suggested the gunmen tied the hands of some of the victims during the raid, but investigating officers could not confirm this.
Police believe the gathering was specifically targeted by the gang and detectives were attempting on Wednesday to interview all the witnesses.
It is not clear what the purpose of the gathering was or why the home was targeted.
Inspector Christsandra Dingwall Mitchell, deputy area commander for Bodden Town, said the investigation was still in the early stages.
“We do believe that this particular house was the focus of their target and the public should not be unduly concerned for their safety,” she said. “We believe this to be an isolated case where this gathering was specifically targeted. We are following that line of inquiry.”
She said the victims of the raid had been left shaken and promised that police would do everything in their power to bring the perpetrators to justice. No one was said to have sustained serious injuries during the robbery.
“I think they (the victims) are going through an ordeal right now, they never believed something like this could happen,” Inspector Dingwall Mitchell said.
Armed home invasions of this kind are believed to be relatively rare in the Cayman Islands, though burglaries are a common problem.
Inspector Dingwall-Mitchell said this incident was particularly unusual.
Outlining the facts of the case, she said: “In the early hours of Wednesday morning a resident in the Savannah area was escorting two of his guests outside of his home.
“Four masked men approached and escorted them back inside. The homeowner and his guests were made to lie face down and they were searched and robbed of cash and jewelry.
“All four suspects were carrying what appeared to be handguns and all four had Caymanian accents.”
One of the men was described as being slim built, around 5 feet, 7 inches tall, with brown complexion and hairy arms. Another was described as short, dark, medium built with a large mouth. A third was said to be short with brown skin. No description was available for the fourth man.
Anyone with information can call Bodden Town police station at 947-2240 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 800-TIPS (8477).