50 years ago: A car and a bike stolen, suspect sought

In the August 17, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, George Town news included the following:

George-Town-50-years-final“Sometime after 7:30 p.m. on Sunday night a car, the property of Mr. Winston McNamee, which was parked in the yard of his home on Crewe Rd. was stolen.

“On Monday morning, when he discovered his own car was missing he also found that the electrical wiring in his father’s car, parked behind Mr. B. Hurlston’s store, had been tampered with.

“He immediately reported the matter to the police who, upon investigation, found a bicycle leaning on the fence. This they took into custody.

“This bicycle was later claimed by its owner who reported that it had been stolen from his home also on Crewe Rd.

“The car was found abandoned in the vicinity of the Snack Bar at the Islander Theatre.

“The police would like to interview anybody who saw this blue Falcon car, Licence Number C.I. 1122 being driven on Sunday night in George Town and possibly as far away as West Bay.”

In maritime and airport news:

“The largest ship to have docked in the Texaco dock has been unloading there this week. She is the Kirknell which brought a consignment of cement for Dr. Roy McTaggart and the Kirkconnell Bros.

“The Kirk Star has also been in this week and brought the new Ruston Generator for Caribbean Utilities.

“The cabin cruiser coming out for Mr. Bruce Parker of Rum Point Club, towed in the Vivia G. which was in difficulties due to a broken crank shaft on her way out from Miami.

“Mr. Chadwick tells us that pilots are picking up our new beacon hundreds of miles away and are very pleased with it. The government not feeling that that fence was safe enough are now in process of having an ‘earthed’ fence erected and have a watchman on duty meantime to see that nobody comes to any harm as the beacon is very lethal.

“Additional fire equipment, i.e. another fire tender and a crash vehicle are expected to arrive shortly and the Cayman Islands Corporation are looking for three good men to be trained to operate these. These openings will offer a lot of promotion in time to come and it is hoped that suitable applicants will come forward.”