Brewery thieves steal $15 charity money, no beer

Bottles returned to Cayman Islands Brewery are cleaned and repurposed for another batch of beer.

Four thieves went to a lot of trouble to carry away two donation boxes with an estimated total of $15 in them.

Cayman Islands Brewery reported its facility was broken into at 3:40 a.m. Tuesday, May 1. The masked perpetrators, caught on security cameras, used crowbars to get through several doors before setting off an alarm. They grabbed donation boxes for One Dog at a Time and the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Association of the Cayman Islands before fleeing the scene.

They did not appear to have taken any beer, said production manager Garfield Griffiths.

He said the donation boxes were mostly filled with tokens given to those who take the brewery tour. Those customers can use the tokens to purchase a beer in the gift shop/bar area. Many throw them in the donation boxes and the company makes an in-kind cash donation to the charity.

Griffiths said there were probably a “couple of hundred” tokens in the boxes. But they would be worthless to the thieves.

He said the intruders damaged three doors on the premises, estimating the damage at about $200. One of the men walked with a limp, he said, but other than that they left little evidence with which to identify them.

“They had crowbars, gloves; they wore masks,” Mr. Griffiths said. “They came prepared.” Only they failed to prepare for one thing.

“We generally don’t keep any cash on the premises,” he said.

Police are investigating the matter. They are also looking into a break-in at the Vigoro Nursery on Walkers Road at 3 a.m. the same morning. Officials report that an office at the nursery was ransacked but it appeared that nothing was taken. It is unknown if the two incidents are related.

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