The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service confirmed this week that it has no ongoing investigation into the unauthorized removal of boat engines belonging to the Cayman Islands Port Authority from a local marina.
According to port authority documents dated from January sent to the Cayman Compass, the incident involving four boat engines being removed from Harbour House Marina was “an ongoing matter” that was still being investigated. However, those records do not state who was investigating the matter.
“We have no ongoing investigation and it does not appear from our records that the theft was reported,” said RCIPS spokesperson Jacqueline Carpenter.
Port officials were contacted for comment Monday and Wednesday of this week about the issue, but they did not respond by press time Wednesday.
What was termed a “theft of four boat engines” from the marina was made public in an auditor general’s office review released under the Freedom of Information Law last Friday.
It was alleged that port employees removed four engines being stored at the marina, valued at $6,000, without prior authorization to do so.
“No one claims to be aware of authority being given to release these engines,” auditors stated in their report of fraud risks and hiring issues at the port during the authority’s 2016/17 budget year.
The report then opines that the actions of the authority employees, without authorization, “would suggest theft.”
“But there is no evidence of further actions being taken by senior management in spite of knowing of this loss following its reporting by the manager of cruise operations and security,” the report states.
In comments made to the Port Authority board in January, obtained by the Compass last week, Port Director Clement Reid acknowledged the auditor’s comments that he gave no authority for anyone to remove the engines.
“This is an ongoing matter under investigation,” the summary given to the Port Authority board stated. “[The incident] was reported in an email to [port cruise operations manager Joey] Woods from Jonathan Cuff, general manager of Harbour House Marina on Feb. 20, 2016.
“I immediately received a copy of the above email from Mr. Woods, in which he inquired whether I had given authorization to release the used engines, to the [Port Authority] employee concerned.
“I confirmed that no such authorization or approval had been given by me.”
“Although this matter is ongoing, it clearly identifies the need for an asset management policy,” Mr. Reid continued. “Asset management is the responsibility of the chief financial officer and, as such, that office will be accountable for developing and delivering a draft asset management policy for the board’s consideration.”