Cops seize gun and ammo

| 22/06/2009

(CNS): Police said this morning that they have arrested four men on suspicion of being in possession of an unlicensed firearm on Saturday evening (June 20) after officers stopped and searched a car in George Town on Saturday night and found a hand gun and a loaded magazine. The new commissioner said that this kind of operation is extremely dangerous for officers but he was pleased by the way it was handled.


Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS) said that George Town police officers were alerted to a suspicious vehicle at around 9.50pm on Saturday which led to an operation led by the Uniformed Support Group. Shortly afterwards the vehicle was stopped in the vicinity of Kings Sports Centre and the four occupants and the car were searched. A silver handgun and the loaded magazine were then recovered from the car while the four men were arrested. Police said that they all remain in custody at this time.

“This is a classic example of where officers put themselves in harms way to keep the communities of the Cayman Islands safe,” said Commissioner of Police, David Baines. “Stopping vehicles which contain firearms can be extremely dangerous for the officers involved and every time we make arrests in this way the officers place themselves in danger. I am extremely pleased with the way this operation was conducted and the result, which speaks for itself.”

The RCIPS  said it works hard to identify those involved in the illegal possession of firearms and welcomes any information about their whereabouts or use. Anyone who can assist the police can speak with an officer at their local station or call Crime Stoppers on 800-8477 (TIPS). All persons calling Crime Stoppers remain anonymous, and are eligible for a reward of up to $1000, should their information lead to an arrest or recovery of property/drugs.

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  1. Hatty Tudor says:

    Dear D. Wadd,

    Your post was as ignorant about criminology as it was bombastic. 

    "Which is more Civilized? To live in freedom, or to hide in fear?" nice sentiment, except you had just quoted Singapore, Cuba and Saudi Arabia as shining examples of how you would like Cayman to be.  These are countries wherethe common people have little or no freedom.

    At first I thought hoped you were being wonderfully ironic, but I am beginning to think you actually meant some of that stuff.  Thankfully the world is not run by Mr. Angry’s like you.


  2. i see you says:

    cayman is a bit too small for the amount of illegal firearms that have been found since january,

    has anyone writing any of these comments ever been in a shoot out or better yet been shot at and had to defend themselves with a firearm.

    why does a young man have to posses a gun, is it to feel more macho or just to show off.  they are very lucky that the officers that stopped them have alot of restraint and discipline, because if it was anywhere else in the world they would not be arrested for the firearm.

  3. anonymous says:

    Richard Wadd you seem to be an educated person but some of your comments and suggestions here on this forum is riddled with foolishness and a lack of good common sense.Using violence on an individual will only make the situation worse, that person will habour the worst feelings for the abuser (teacher, police, parent) and most likely will retaliate in a violent way. I have seen children repeat the same mistake over and over after physical punishment from parents.Mr Wadd do you really think that the "CAT" would work in 2009 Cayman schools? I can bet you that several police officers armed with guns would have to be based on school grounds across the island if this kind of punishment was taking place.

    I fully support law and order and i am not an ANARCHNISTIC IDIOT WHO PUT THE RIGHTS OF CRIMANALS OVER THE RIGHTS OF LAW -ABIDING CITIZENS.Whipping criminals and troubled high school youths  is stupid and not the way to go, appropriate jail terms with hard labour is more humane and most likely to discourage one from starting or continuing a life of crime.Your comments lack common sense, you could learn alot from people like Makam and Fed UP Caymanian. Richard Wadd you are displaying signs of an educated fool, you are the one that need some (common) sense whipped into you!!!!!!!!!!!!!




  4. Richard Wadd says:

     Relocate? Why the HELL should I relocate to some other country? These Islands are MY home. They have been the home of my family for generations, and it is ONLY since we have become "SOFT" on crime that we have steadily declined to become one of the WORST places for Crime, per capita.

    Don’t believe me? Then get off your ‘high-horse’ and do some research.

    Only ANARCHISTIC IDIOTS put the "rights" of Criminals over the Rights of Law-Abiding Citizens !

    When it is YOUR home and YOUR family that are targeted these criminals, who don’t give a bag of manure about YOUR rights, we’ll see how quickly you change your tune.

    Have you ever woken-up in the middle of the night to find armed men in your home? Have you ever had a loved one or relative beaten, raped, or hacked, shot or stabbed to death?

    This isn’t happening in another country, this is happening RIGHT HERE IN CAYAMAN !

    …. and guess what? You want to know which countries have the LOWEST (by far) levels of ANY crime in the world today? 

    Singapore, Cuba, and yes Saudi Arabia to name a few. Do you know why? 


    People don’t commit crime if there is a REAL fear of punishment.

    Which is more Civilized? To live in freedom, or to hide in fear?

    Perhaps YOU need some sense ‘Whipped into you’.

    • voice of reason says:

      I agree with the idea that there should be harsher penalties, and Baines is right that officers put themselves in great danger with these sort of traffic halts, but as long as another officer somewhere on the island is asking $75 to release speeders, then the reputation of the WHOLE police force will be tainted. We have to out the bad officers as well as praise the good. Tide’s a changing!

  5. Fed-UP CAYMANIAN says:

    The citizens of this country MUST demand that the COurts use the sentencing guidlines that have been put in place. However, may I suggest the following for some of the serious crimes that we have been experiencing:

    Possession of firearms, whether loaded or not- IMMEDIATE imprisonment for 25 years with HARD LABOUR;

    Possession of ammunition, whether with a gun or not- IMMEDIATE imprisonment for 15 years with HARD LABOUR;

    Where ANY crime is committed with possession of a firearm, whether loaded or unloaded- IMMEDIATE imprisonment for 50 years with HARD LABOUR;

    Any rape (against children under the age of consent) IMMEDIATE imprisonment for the period of the difference between the perpetartor and the victim, multiplied by 3, ie if the culprit is 35 and the victim is 10,then 25 x 3 equals 75 years inprisonment with parole only being allowed after serving 40 years

    For any other serious crimes (i.e burglary, theft), MANDATORY imprisonment of 25 years…….

    Now lets see just how much crime we would rack up. What do you think CNS audience? Yeah I know this will cost to house them in Northward, but I would much rather pay for the rejects in there and know that we are a little bit safe rather than having to constantly look over your shoulder.

    UDP Government- I voted for you so lets get these amendments rolling PLEASE.


  6. Anonymous says:

    great that was my intelligent boyfreind with his friends…

  7. Richy Cheese says:

    10 years is a long time to spend in prison.  I can’t imagine that it would be worth that to transport a firearm.

    I don’t agree with Mr Wadd about the whips, since that is cruelty by any standard, but I do feel that serious offenders should be committed to a long hard term of penal servitude.  Not watching TV, but actually busting their XXXes – mayby digging a major hole in the swamp for Trashmore phase 2.


  8. anonymous says:

    Richard Wadd you’ve got to be crazy and stupid to think that violence is going to solve anything.Why don’t you relocate to Saudi Arabia or Yemen , those countries don’t allow any slackness, you for sure  would get a proper whipping at least once a week for senseless suggestions.Makim, i must say that your suggestion is a lot more  sensible and  one that the courts  would work with, in ending i would like to congratulate the RCIP for a job well done.

  9. Richard Wadd says:

     10 Years Hard ….

    What them gonna do, kill Mosquito??

    10 Year Vacation in Northward Resort??

    WHIP THEM !!

  10. Richard Wadd says:

     Here we go again ! What are the Courts going to do? Let three of them go? I’ll bet they do ! And the ‘first time offender’ will get a slap on the wrist? Or a vacation at the Northward Resort, at OUR expense?

    The ‘TEN YEAR’ policy ISN’T WORKING !!


    WHIP THEM ALL ….. SOUNDLY !! Let our criminals know what punishment FEELS like.

    Then we WILL begin to see a reduction in Crime.

    p.s.  Bring back ‘Cane-ing’ in schools as well, that will teach these delinquents some respect for authority as well.

    • Makam says:

      10 years HARD labour is what they should get. It will also help the economy!!

  11. Caymanite says:

    Oh dear God. Wanna be Gangsters. Problem is that they are so dumb that they fail to realise that their actions could indeed lead to them spending the rest of their lives in jail or under the earth with a bunch of flowers on top.

    Stop acting like idiots guys (and girls), grow up, use the opportunities that you have handed to you on a silver plate and MAKE SOMETHING of your lives.

    Stop fooling around like life is not important, it is, you only get one chance, make it work and make your family proud.

    Rant over.