Cops release teen and CCTV

| 03/12/2010

(CNS): More than ten days after the Butterfield bank robbery, police have now released pictures of the suspects from the CCTV as officers renew their appeal for witnesses and information. Police have also confirmed that a teenager from the West Bay area who was arrested on the same day in connection with the incident has been released from custody on bail. Detectives leading the hunt for the three robbers who held up the bank wearing Halloween masks on 24 November are looking for anyone who may have seen the three offenders entering or exiting the bank at about 11:19 that morning either putting on or wearing the masks. Police also want information on the getaway vehicle, which would have left the open lot at the Compass Centre at 11.20am.

“We are particularly interested in identifying the individual in the brown sweat top with yellow lines down the arm or anyone who has seen someone wearing this around that time. The sweat top has a logo on it that we are keen to identify,” a police spokesperson said of the images. (See below)

A reward of up to fifty thousand ($50,000) USD was announced on Friday 26 November by Cayman Crime Stoppers and Butterfield. To obtain this reward the information given must be passed on before the year’s end and must subsequently lead to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the crime.

The RCIPS said an extensive police search, roadblocks and the Air Operations Unit were all involved in the subsequent hunt for the offenders. No one was injured in the incident but one member of staff was taken to hospital as a precautionary measure.

Anyone who has any information about this robbery should call the CID at George Town police station on 949 4222 or the confidential crime stoppers number 800-8477(TIPS).


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  1. Anonymous says:

    This crimewould have been so EASY to solve if the bank had installed High resolution cameras #1 and the RCIPS looked on the internet, facebook, partysurfers or whatever other sites take picture of people at parties, I personally have seen a few OBAMA’s in them.

  2. Anonymous says:

    To: 18:11.  To help you understand. The RCIPS have developed and cultivated a reputation of not being able to offer any individual who is threatened or who might offer any information any form of protection. Hence the reason for people not coming forward with information. They know that if for any reason it is divulged who they are, they will be left standing alone. Once trust is lost, it is a hard thing to regain . And I think that a vast majority of the public has lost faith in the ability of the RCIPS to protect them. The RCIPS has paved a long and hard and bumpy road for them to travel. This wasn’t done in one commissioners tenure but over years of reactive policing. And I do feel sorry for some of the officers who are trying to makea difference, as this is a hard pill to swallow. The current police administration isn’t doing anything to make a difference and things can only get worse with their  policy. And I am aware of crime stoppers but people just don’t feel safe anymore. They are not willing to risk their lives or those of their families to help the RCIPS.

    • Trueblood says:


      RCIP is not the only department that is worthless. Immigration and Customs tops the list as well. I got back from Miami yesterday and declared the US$650.00 in items purchased overseas out of honesty. Another person declared US$1,500.00 on their custom declaration form yet they were let through and exited the airport no problem while I got sent over to pay 22% duty (This is a fact, I’m not assuming). I’m not complaining because I had to pay duty but because someone who spent and declared a significant amount more than I did walked out free of charge because they work at customs yet I had to pay. The fees are clearly not applicable to everyone. These peckers will let there coworker/friend get away with money due to the gov’t but tackle the small man. That’s why rules will never be fully enforced and people will never be compliant with the laws on this island. Too damn small and too many kisses go by favors. Only God knows how many more pardons custom and immigration workers get when they travel. The workforce standards in these departments are down right laughable.  
  3. Anonymous says:

    18:11 please spare us your pro-RCIP talk. People do not trust the Police to do their job, that is why no one talks. They do not want to be the next violent crime that the RCIP will re-act instead of prevent. In re-acting they fowl up more investigations then they solve. People once called them a re-cation police service, not pro-active. They are not reacting in ways now that gain results after the fact, so what purpose do they serve in a the greater scheme of things? They offer no means of protection to witnesses. THEY WILL NOT ENPOWER YOU THE MEANS TO PROTECT YOURSELF so flapping your mouth about several men that have committed armed robbery……….if you want to live to see next year, odds are best not to talk too much.

    On another note it would stand to reason that they held the footage as they had someone is custody so that the investigation would more forth in the right direction, so the publics help was not needed to get the rest of the gang,oh wait they let him go too as they could not hold him due to lack of evidence. How often does this go on that they are arresting citizens of this Island without due process? This is becoming the norm where people are arrested, held, and let out as they cannot tie them to a case, which means in 9 times out of 10 they had the wrong guy anyway. Point being is you cannot keep taking days away from peoples lives without REAL cause.

    • Anonymous says:

      Did I mention the RCIPS – no. It was about the criticism and the fact that no one ever says anything anyway.  They could release the pictures within a minute of the crime and no one would say anything.  So really, it matters not whether they release it after one minute, one day, one week or one month……. the end result is the same – no one has seen or heard anything.

  4. Anonymous says:

    All the critics, regardless of the length of time to release the photos, cannot deny that no one ever says anything anyway. Now that the photos have been released, guess what, that jacket will be history. Perhaps they hoped that someone would say something and the jacket would be found with the offender – no chance now. No one ever says anything, or sees anything on this Island. They released the details of the masks – silence…………..

  5. Anonymous says:

    The Banks should have high resolution cameras installed in every bank. While the banks install cheap cameras, the robbers are getting rich off of cheap-ohs. Spend your money wisely and clamp down on crime. I would hope that one day the robbers will be caught and given a short sentence of life (50 years).

  6. Anonymous says:

    The symbol kind of looks like an iota phi theta crest. Their colors are brown and yellow as well.

    • Subway Cookie says:

      WTH are you talking about?  Its an adidas jacket.  You can get them in all colors and that is the adidas logo.  Where do you people live, under a rock?  Perhaps RCIPS should consider sending one of its minions to the local sports shops to see if by chance one suck jacket was sold recently….worth a try.

  7. urrrggh!! says:

    Pretty poor quality CCTV pictures for a bank!!

    Thats a very distinctive jacket, why didn’t the police release these pictures sooner after the crime when that day is fresh in everybody’s minds?


  8. same old same old says:

    The usual suspects are detained by the police and the crowd goes wild and around applause.Case goes away another dangerous criminal incident occurs a host of the same old tired excuses are given a cry for more staff more money more equipment. Cayman sinks futher into this criminal abyss.

  9. Anonymous says:

    As I predicted and others was well – no one was charged and the Police withheld evidence to chase a fruitless lead from the public, when perhaps this while in everyones mind was fresh, could have caught these guys in short order. Now, just as the response was a little to late, dollar spent, but a dollar short, is the release of the CCTV. The Police are suppose to be the Enforcement Branch of the CI Government and right now we have almost nothing. The Police high command are a joke and so are thier charge for the most part. While the criminals are raping the community, they are handing out panthlets in parking lots. Baines should give his charge up and hold hands with every other useless Officer that came with him on a plane out of here. He is not up to task and as it apears his charge is not either.

  10. Mr. Spooner says:

    Why are these images just now being released?  The robbery took place 24/11/2010.  That’s about 9 days after the fact.  Why couldn’t the RCIP review footage from the bank and post these images and maybe even a CCTV clip the next morning to the media? 

    It’s these small attention to details the RCIP needs to iron out if it want more effective policing and crime solving.



  11. Anonymous says:

    With all these crimes being repeated at the Banks … a small improvement on finding out who is responsible would be to install high resolution and more cameras especially on the outside of the building .. all the images being released are grainy and poor quality. With more resolution detail more evidence can be seen on the criminals person…   just a thought but i am sure it would help…..

  12. Anonymous says:

    Why the delay? Are the police serious about solving crime in Cayman? Have they ever heard of the first 48 hours being the most important?

    Sigh …

  13. Absurdistani says:

    Why did this take so long to be released to the public?

  14. The Game says:

    These are quite dramatic images and does not really convey the level of terror bank staff and customers must have felt, but one cannot help to think the dismal failure of this island’s Police services in their inabilities to arrest and solve these crimes. This announcement does not surprise a single person on this island. This just another failure in a long list of failures another arrest to appease the public, when we all know what the outcome would be. The concerted effort by the UK Gov’t and their local corrupt lackeys who conspired to remove the capable officers and destroy and diminish successful crime fighting abilities, has achieved its goal to portray Cayman as a crime ridden Overseas Territory. What a great multi prong strategy to diminish our financial & tourism industry and simultaneously provide employment opportunities and control and it would appear our predictable political leadership is so caught up with their own wealth acquisition program that the could care less about what happens here. What a shame Cayman no one seems to care about our children’s future. Thank you Mr. Derek Haines for the best years of policing in Cayman Islands.

  15. Anonymous says:

     Wouldn’t it have been a bit more effective if they had released these shots earlier? In my mind, people would have been much more likely to remember seeing someone wearing that (very distinctive) jacket the same day of the robbery rather than almost 2 weeks after the fact. Oh well…

    Hopefully a friend or family member will now be able to recognize the jacket in the photo and will call it into the police. Mothers, check if your son has such a jacket or maybe he didn’t have one before and you see one now? Maybe his jacket has gone missing? It may take just a small bit of information to give the police what they need to apprehend these criminals! 

  16. Anonymous says:

    Well, I guess that’s that.

    Criminals get away free, while the driving public is harrassed to no measure.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Catch and release is the common policy of the RCIPS a day late and a dollar short (US $)….the heads of the RCIPS must really think that the general public is a bunch of idiots, 10 days later the tapes are released along with the suspect. 

  18. EyesWideOpen says:

    Those cameras at the top of the traffic lights at the junction by Jacques Scotts – had the RCIPS made practical and proper use of them, they wouldn’t need to appeal to the public for help!!

    I have yet to hear from the Police Commissioner, the Governor or the Govt, WHEN CCTVs will be installed along the roadsides the give way to the Banks.

    This is NOT rocket-science!!!

    Any fool can recognise the fact that robbers do not put on their masks until they are just about to enter a premise so can somebody please tell me WHY, from the onset of the first bank robbery, WHY any of our law makers or enforcers have not moved a muscle to increase the technology necessary to assist in fighting the new “money-game” style crime???

    This place is out of control!! This reminds me of the Wild West and we sitting around waiting to John Wayne to ride into town!!!

    Heaven help us cuz we have the “dumb-n-dumbma” at the wheel…….

    • Anonymous says:

       The instruments mounted on top of the traffic lights are not cameras; they are motion detectors. 

    • Anonymous says:

      Wild West is exactly how I would describe Cayman right now.  It’s unnerving!  I know there is crime everywhere in the world but, in all my years of travelling, I have never been in a place where I feel as unprotected by the police as I feel here.  There is no sense of security whatsoever from the police force.  If feel that we, the public, are on our own – that there is nothing the police can do to make us feel safe.  I am so sad about what is happening to Cayman – so sad….

  19. Anonymous says:

    What a joke.  When they initially arrested the teenager, we all knew that it was just an attempt to make it look like the police were doing a great job.

    It was obvious that he would be released in a few days!  I could have bet my house on it.

    The RCIPS have so many officers for such a small island, yet their success rate is so incredibly poor.

    I wonder what the required skill set is to become a police officer here?