CrimeStoppers is offering a record-breaking $110,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the men responsible for a Friday night home invasion.
On Friday night, shortly before 9 p.m., three armed men kicked in the door to a Governor’s Harbour home. Two children, a 5-year-old girl and her 9-year-old brother, were in the home with a babysitter when the gunmen stole money raised in a recent Rotary Sunrise raffle.
Chris Duggan, deputy chair of Cayman CrimeStoppers, said the $110,000 reward is the largest ever offered by the organization in the Cayman Islands. “We cannot sit back and watch these criminals destroy our community and terrorize our young children like this,” he said. “We’ve had enough.”
A number of local companies, including KPMG, CIREBA and Dart, pledged money to boost the reward.
The children’s parents were out for the night when the sitter called to tell them what had happened.
“I used to read about things like this in the newspaper and think, ‘this will never happen to me,’” the father said in a recent interview.
The mother and father spoke to the Cayman Compass this week about the experience, and the newspaper is withholding their names because of the young victims involved, at the request of the parents.
“Here we were living what we thought was a good, simple life. We go to church, we volunteer, we give back to our community. This happened to us and that means it could happen to you, to your children, to your family,” the mother said.
Cayman CrimeStoppers takes anonymous tips from a call center in Florida operated by the international CrimeStoppers organization, Mr. Duggan said. He stressed that tipsters are always anonymous and identifiable information is never sent to police or anyone else in Cayman.
“This has been a terrible ordeal for the family and really galvanized the community,” Mr. Duggan said.
Rotary Sunrise president Christine Mathews declined to say how much money was stolen Friday night. “Our focus remains on providing support to the family who had to endure a horrific and unimaginable experience,” she said.
“We truly appreciate the individuals and businesses in the community who have not only pledged to cover the stolen funds so that our programs can continue uninterrupted but who have also pledged to assist with efforts to bring the perpetrators to justice,” Ms. Mathews said.
Anyone with information can call Cayman CrimeStoppers at 949-8477.
Two children, a 5-year-old girl and her 9-year-old brother, were in the home with a babysitter when the gunmen stole money raised in a recent Rotary Sunrise raffle.