Back-to-back nighttime liquor store robberies

The second robbery of a George Town liquor store in 48 hours occurred Thursday evening at Blackbeard’s Beers, Wines & Spirits in Grand Harbour.  

A lone robber armed with a machete entered the store just before 9 p.m. and took some cash, according to Royal Cayman Islands Police detectives.  

Closed circuit television cameras inside the store captured video of the man, who was wearing sunglasses and a hoodie during the heist.  

No one was hurt. The suspect escaped, running toward the back of the shopping center.  

A similar incident, also involving a machete-toting suspect, occurred at Tortuga Liquors in the Greenery shopping center along Seven Mile Beach on Tuesday night.  

According to police, a 5-foot, 5-inch-tall male entered the store around 9:20 p.m. and demanded cash from the two employees there. No customers were in the store at the time, Tortuga President Robert Hamaty said, and the employees were not physically hurt. 

After getting “the day’s takings,” the suspect left on foot. No arrests were immediately reported.  

Mr. Hamaty said the store has CCTV cameras inside and that images of the masked robber were captured. The man described in the Blackbeard’s robbery was described as several inches taller than the suspect who held up Tortuga the night before, authorities said.  

Last year, The Greenery, as well as Blackbeard’s in Grand Harbour, extended opening hours from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., along with a number of other liquor stores around Grand Cayman.  

RCIPS Superintendent Mike Cranswick urged the public to be vigilant in the wake of these robberies and to report any suspicious activity around commercial premises “especially during the evening hours.”  


  1. Sad to say but all retail stores should now install a drop safe to deposit all cash takings above the minimum float needed to give change.

    It is also time to allow properly vetted stores and residents to purchase pepper spray for self defense.

    In the meantime might I suggest the purchase of a can of long range wasp spray. I understand it is useful against a range of pests.