Third liquor store robbed in week

Another nighttime liquor store robbery has been reported, this time Tuesday evening in West Bay.

It’s the third late night liquor store heist to occur on Grand Cayman since April 21.

According to the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service, a man armed with a handgun entered the Pop-A-Top store on Powell Smith Road around 9:20 p.m. Tuesday. He ran away on foot after the holdup. No one was hurt and no arrests were immediately reported.

The suspect was described as about 5 feet, 9 inches tall, wearing a grey and white T-shirt, khaki pants and a black baseball cap. A bandana partially covered the suspect’s face.

Five days earlier, a lone robber armed with a machete entered the Blackbeard’s liquor store in Grand Harbour just before 9 p.m., taking some cash. 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 April 21.

According to police, a 5 feet, 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.