Police interrupt burglary at Tortuga Rum Company, arrest one

Police arrested one man and are searching for another after officers interrupted a burglary in West Bay in the early hours of Monday morning.

Around 4:15 a.m., officers on patrol in the area responded to an alarm at Tortuga Rum Company on North West Point Road in West Bay. They found two men exiting the premises.

The men headed toward a pickup truck with its engine running, police said. The officers ordered the men to stop, but they ran off in opposite directions.

One of the men, age 22 of West Bay, was quickly detained and arrested, but the second man ran up North West Point Road, toward the Cracked Conch, pursued by the second officer, police said. The man escaped near the Cayman Automotive Museum.

The first man was arrested on suspicion of burglary and theft of a motor vehicle, and remained in police custody Monday afternoon.

“Officers quickly determined that the pickup truck with its engine running in the parking lot had been reported stolen,” police said in a statement.

Throughout the weekend, nine burglaries were reported, five of which were at commercial premises, police said.

“We recognize that burglaries continue to be a significant problem across the islands,” said Robbie Graham, superintendent of Uniform Operations, “therefore we have undertaken more proactive police work in addition to our regular policing plans, with the aim of disrupting burglars and other criminal activity, as in this instance.”

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