South Sound burglars hit Derek Haines's home


Three homes were hit in series of burglaries in South Sound on Monday, including a break-in at the home of Derek Haines, the man who ran six marathons this year in a successful bid to raise $1 million for Cayman HospiceCare. 

Police reported three burglaries in the South Sound area Monday afternoon, including two on Bel Air Drive and at Mr. Haines’s condo in Cayman Crossings. Adrian Seales, with the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service, could not say whether the burglaries were connected, but he said he “wouldn’t rule that out.” 

“Lightning strikes twice, OK, but three times? I don’t think so,” Mr. Seales said. 

Mr. Haines, a former police officer in Cayman and the U.K., said the alarm went off at his home at 1:43 p.m. Monday and he “very quickly found out it was not a false alarm.” He said he called police on his way back to the condo, off South Sound Road. He arrived home 15 to 20 minutes later to find his home “ransacked.” 

The burglars stole three laptops, two phones, jewelry and cash from the runner’s home. Mr. Haines’s daughter, his son and his son’s girlfriend are in town for the holiday, and the stolen items include a computer belonging to the girlfriend’s employer. 

The cash was money Mr. Haines had saved up for a climbing trip to Argentina he is planning with his daughter. He wouldn’t say exactly how much was taken, only that it was “several thousand dollars” in U.S. bills. 

Just two weeks ago, Mr. Haines finished his sixth marathon of the year – the Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon, racking up 157.2 miles over all the races. The Englishman, 66, raised more than $1 million in the year-long fundraising effort. The money will go to pay for a new hospice facility to give end-of-life care to patients in Cayman. 

The other two burglaries on Monday, one reported at 1:38 p.m. and the other just before 4 p.m., were both on Bel Air Drive. In all three, the burglars broke in through rear or side windows. In the two Bel Air incidents, the thieves took jewelry and electronics. 

Mr. Haines called the burglars “parasites.” He said, “Somebody knows who these people are” and they need to tell police to get the thieves off the streets. 


Mr. Haines

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  1. Who in this world and in these times keeps thousands of dollars in cash at home? Have people lost trust in banks? In a tiny island like Cayman you can get any amount of your cash from your account within a reasonable amount of time. With the advent of credit cards the use of cash has most certainly dwindled. To leave thousands of dollars at home is always a risk that’s why we have banks as custodian of our cash. The cases of home burglaries have especially increased in Cayman and people should be wiser in what they have at home. I can understand the laptops and smartphones and jewelry and other such personal items but cash in thousands is perplexing. People live and learn and keep your cash in the bank until the very last minute if you ever need to use cash.