Two arrested in connection with Tortuga robbery

Two men were arrested Thursday night in connection with the robbery of a cash courier for Tortuga Rum Co. at the company’s North Sound Way car park earlier in the evening, Royal Cayman Islands Police said in a press release.

The two men, ages 35 and 34, are residents of Bodden Town and George Town, respectively, police said. They were arrested at 11:30 p.m. and remained in police custody as of Friday.

Detectives from the Drugs and Serious Crime Task Force were investigating the case in which a man carrying business takings from the Tortuga Rum Co. was robbed by two men armed with machetes shortly before 6 p.m. Thursday as he stepped from his vehicle in the parking lot of the business’s central George Town headquarters.

Police said the 62-year-old man, who works at Tortuga, arrived at the headquarters in one of the company’s vans after going to the Tortuga store on the George Town waterfront.

When the driver stopped in the car park, a white Nissan pulled in behind him and two men came from the car, threatened the van driver and removed a bag containing “a substantial amount of cash” from the van, police said.

The men escaped in a Nissan Sunny driven by a third person, police said.

Anyone with information on this crime are asked to call the RCIPS Major Incident Room tip-line at 949-7777 or Crime Stoppers on 800 8477(TIPS).