Machete-wielding robber holds up liquor store

A liquor store along Grand Cayman’s Seven Mile Beach corridor was robbed by a machete-toting, masked suspect Tuesday night.

Tortuga Liquors in the Greenery shopping center across from the Strand has never been robbed before, Tortuga President Robert Hamaty said. “We’ve never had a problem there, so we’ve never stationed a security guard,” he said. “I guess we’re going to have to change that.”

According the police, a 5-foot, 5-inch-tall man entered the store around 9:20 p.m. and demanded cash from the two employees inside. No customers were inside the store at the time, Mr. Hamaty said, and the employees were not physically hurt.

After getting “the day’s takings,” the suspect left on foot.

Mr. Hamaty said CCTV cameras inside captured images of the robber.

The store extended its opening hours from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. last year, along with other liquor stores around Grand Cayman. Mr. Hamaty said most of the other Tortuga locations that stay open until 10 p.m. have security personnel on site.