Reward offered over phone ‘top-up’ machine thefts

Thieves targeting mobile phone top-up machines

Theft and damage to mobile phone “top-up” machines is becoming a minor epidemic in the Cayman Islands, according to Cayman Crime Stoppers.  

The group is now facilitating the offer of a $3,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone in connection with a half-dozen such incidents that have occurred on Grand Cayman since the start of 2014.  

According to Crime Stoppers, the following locations have had their top-up machines damaged or stolen between mid-January and mid-March of this year: 1203 North Side Road; Welly’s Cool Spot on Sound Way; Pirates Cove Bar, East End; Reflections at Sound Way in George Town; the Cayman Islands Hospital; and Lorna’s Texaco on Bodden Town Road. 

The top-up machines can contain several hundred dollars in cash at any given time and are apparently being targeted by suspects because of that.  

Typically, top-up machine users can pay for their phones via cash or credit card options.  

Callers to the Crime Stoppers line at 800-TIPS [8477] are never asked to identify themselves and the calls are answered at a secure location off island. Tips can also be submitted via the Crime Stoppers website.  

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