Chef’s hat used for burglary

A man accused of disguising himself as a chef to commit burglary at a five-star hotel kitchen was remanded in custody for a week after he appeared in Summary Court on Thursday.

Crown Counsel Greg Walcolm said Donald Arlington Hall was accused of burglary after going to the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman on West Bay Road on Sept. 29 around 11:30 p.m. He allegedly wore a chef’s hat to conceal the fact that he was an intruder. He took items from the kitchen, listed as Oreo pieces and a bottle of vodka, the court heard.

A sous chef on duty observed the intruder and notified police. Mr. Walcolm said there was supporting footage from the hotel’s CCTV system.

He objected to bail partly on the basis that Hall had no fixed abode.

Hall, 45, did not make any admission or enter any plea, but he did ask for help. He told Magistrate Adam Roberts he was extremely ill from alcohol consumption. He asked to be sent to detox or the withdrawal unit. “I’d really like to get back to treatment,” he said. “There really is not any suitable medical treatment at Northward Prison for what I’m going through.”

He told the court he had been living at a halfway house in West Bay. “I was on a very good path … I had a good job, a good place to live … I went on an alcohol binge and that’s the reason this stupidness occurred.” The magistrate said an officer from the Department of Community Rehabilitation would contact the prison and tell authorities there of Hall’s needs.

The matter was set for mention again on Oct. 9.