Police net 24 arrests in 24 hours

Police arrested 24 people in as many hours between Wednesday and Thursday for offenses including ganja possession at Clifton Hunter High School, disorderly conduct at the George Town Police Station and armed robbery at the Blackbeard’s liquor store in Grand Harbour. 

On Cayman Brac, police arrested a Creek man, 53, for alleged indecent assault on a young female. Police did not give any additional details. 

“The holiday season, which is in full swing, gave cause for members of the RCIPS to step up their vigilance in making this festive season safe,” said Adrian Seales with the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service. 

Fraud arrests 

Officers with the RCIPS Financial Crimes Unit arrested four Romanian men, all 33 to 44, for alleged credit card fraud. Police say they arrested two of the suspects Tuesday and the other two on Wednesday for allegedly using fake credit cards to buy merchandise from local businesses. Mr. Seales said it was the men’s first time visiting Cayman. They remain in custody awaiting a ruling from the Director of Public Prosecutions. 

Detective Inspector Ian Lavin, with the Financial Crimes Unit, said businesses need to be vigilant during the holiday shopping season. “Persons paying by credit cards should produce a form of identification; sales agents should check that the method of identification matches with the name on the credit card,” he said. 

Four arrested in connection with armed robbery 

Just after 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, three armed men robbed the BlackBeard’s liquor store in the busy Grand Harbour shopping center. The three men demanded cash and took off with a fourth man. Police arrested four men, ages 21 to 25, in Prospect that same evening in connection with the robbery. The four remain in custody. 

Other arrests  

Police arrested two people for alleged disorderly conduct at the George Town Police Station. They are also accused of assaulting a police officer.  

Two students at Clifton Hunter High School “were arrested for small amounts of vegetable matter resembling ganja,” according to Mr. Seales. In West Bay, two people were arrested for alleged cocaine possession and consumption. 

Police in West Bay arrested another man for alleged assault and actual bodily harm “after an altercation with a family member.” He was bailed out to return to the police station at a later date. 

Four other people were arrested for failing to appear in court and another for failing to comply with bail conditions. 


Business resumed at Blackbeard’s liquor store in Grand Harbour Thursday morning following Wednesday night’s robbery by three armed men. Police arrested four suspects shortly after the incident. – Photo: Charles Duncan

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  1. And who can say the police is not working? They are doing a good job, and imagine Strangers from Romania coming all the way across the planet to Cayman, for the first time, to commit crimes? Business people and all others need to be on High Alert this time of year putting a third eye on everything that moves. Also the police must be encouraged and congratulated for the strategic vigilance they are exercising in combating crime. Remember while we sleep they are keeping watch, so hang a special angel on your tree for them this year.