50 years ago: Third break-in at GT store

In the March 29, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, news from George Town included:

“Mr. Fossie Arch sustained his third big loss through robbery over this past weekend when his store on South Church Street was broken into again.

“On this occasion he closed the store at 10 p.m. and sometime after that a large stone was thrown which smashed the six-foot square plate glass window at the front of the store. The outside light was burning right over where the window was smashed.

“Approximately 40 pounds worth of merchandise was stolen from this window which was almost entirely women’s wear, e.g. pajamas, slippers, underwear, ornaments, cosmetics, soaps, zippers, sheets, towels, pillow cases, hankies and belts.

“The intruder/s appear to have been disturbed and ran as a beautiful bedspread valued at 6 pounds was left behind and one or two items were dropped along the Boilers Road going though Meringue Town.

“Mr. Arch’s brother Seth found a pencilled list on the road which included many of the items stolen.

“As on the two previous occasions, Mr. F.E. Arch has his suspicions as to the culprit. The police are investigating.”

In the same issue, George Town correspondent Frances Bodden wrote:

“Miss F.L. Bodden and Miss Pearl Carter returned on the 21st from Jamaica after attending the Synod of the United Church. They were the guests of Mrs. Leila Webster and had a very pleasant visit finding the Synod meetings most inspiring.

“Mrs. S.A. Webley, President of the Woman’s Guild of the United Church, arrived on the 25th to attend the 22nd Annual Conference of the Guild of Grand Cayman which was held on Easter Monday in George Town.

“The theme ‘Who is my Neighbour?’ was discussed during the morning session and at the public meeting in the Elmslie Memorial Church at night. Mrs. Webley was the guest speaker. Lunch and tea were served at the Cayman Prep. School.

“During the afternoon session the Rev. Raymond Schember showed slides of the Holy Land which he took some years ago.

“Rev. Schember arrived on Monday to continue the Church’s stewardship campaign.

“Mrs. Webley was the guest of Miss Frances and returned on the 28th after an enjoyable stay. She hopes to return some day.

“Mrs. Ruby Levy of the firm of Levy Bros. and Mrs. Hilma Viera of the Income Tax Department in Jamaica are the guests of Mr. and Mrs. Bernard St. Aubyn.

“We welcome Mr. and Mrs. Heath Bodden and their son Heath who arrived from New Jersey on the 25th to spend Easter with their uncle, Dr. Roy McTaggart.

“Mr. Beatty Hurlston of Crewe Road left on the 25th for Miami to join his ship after being at home for some time.”

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