Police: Two late-night robberies connected

Two armed robberies in George Town neighborhoods over the weekend may have been the work of the same suspects, Royal Cayman Islands Police officers reported Sunday.

One of the hold-ups, just after midnight Sunday, involved a man and woman who were leaving the Cayman Cabana bar. The other robbery took place in George Town’s Scranton neighborhood.

“Investigators of the George Town Criminal Investigations Department are treating both incidents as connected,” RCIPS Chief inspector Raymond Christian said Sunday.

The robbery involving the Cayman Cabana customers is the latest in a string of incidents since October in which armed suspects have targeted revelers along the George Town waterfront.

According to police, a 37-year-old man and a 35-year-old woman – both local residents – were assailed when they walked to their vehicle around 12:15 a.m. Sunday. The car was parked in a small lot on Mary Street about a block from the Cabana.

Police said the couple were talking in the parking lot when they were approached by two masked men who both brandished handguns. Police said the man’s cellphone and a small amount of cash were taken. Nothing was taken from the woman.

No one was hurt in the robbery.

In the other incident, a 38-year-old man walking home along Martin Drive was approached by masked men around 10 p.m. Saturday. One of the suspects had a gun and the other held a knife, police said.

The victim in this case was carrying about $1,000, a passport, a bank book and two hand-held mobile devices, all of which were taken. The man was not hurt.

Although police said the two crimes may have been related, the suspect descriptions given in both robbery cases varied significantly in terms of the robbers’ height.

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