Three armed men forced their way into a Governor’s Harbour home at about 9 p.m. Friday and stole an undisclosed amount of cash raised in a Rotary Sunrise car raffle, according to police and Rotary.
Royal Cayman Islands Police Service Chief Inspector Brad Ebanks said two of the men carried what appeared to be handguns and a third had an apparent long gun during the home invasion in Raleigh Quay.
Christine Mathews, president-elect of Rotary Sunrise, said, “While we are disappointed that funds raised to benefit the community were taken, we are grateful that none of the family members were harmed during the attack.”
Mr. Ebanks said the police are looking for three suspects. The first is a dark-skinned man, about 5 feet, 6 inches tall, who was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, dark blue jeans and a light colored bandana over his mouth during the robbery.
Police described the second subject as about 6 feet tall with dark skin. The man had braided hair with green and red beads. He had silver earrings and wore a mint green and grey jacket and hooded sweatshirt, with a grey bandana over his face. The third man was only described as wearing a black hooded jacket that zipped up to the neck.
Ms. Matthews said the organization was still trying to figure out how much was stolen, but most of the cash was deposited on an on-going basis during the raffle. “The vast majority of the funds had been deposited in the bank prior to the incident on Friday evening,” she said.
The draw for the car went ahead as planned at the Cayman 27’s Island Living show Saturday. Ms. Mathews said the funds were intended for Rotary Sunrise’s service projects in the upcoming fiscal year. Starting July 1, she said, “The Club’s focus is on literacy and youth and planned projects include adopting a school library, purchasing dictionaries for students, school meals and sponsoring various youth programs.”
Rotary’s auditors confirmed for the club over the weekend that the car raffle itself was not jeopardized and all tickets were accounted for.
Police ask that anyone who was in the area of Raleigh Quay or the immediate area around 9 p.m. Friday night contact the George Town Police Station Criminal Investigation Department at 949-4222.