Archive for September 3rd, 2011

Blue car driver could have seen Casanova robbers

| 03/09/2011 | 23 Comments

(CNS): The police have launched an appeal for the occupants of a dark blue car, which was seen in the area of a robbery at a George Town restaurant Thursday night, to come forward. Detectives investigating the robbery at Casanova by the Sea along the harbour front said it is believed that following the robbery the two suspects ran from the premises and turned left towards West Bay. As they did so, a small dark blue coloured car, which was travelling from George Town towards West Bay, almost stopped as the suspects ran from the popular down town restaurant.

Detectives are urging the occupants of that car to come forward as they may have information which could be vital to the enquiry. The robbery was reported to police at 10:03 pm on Thursday night (1 September).

Two masked men had entered the premises one brandishing a handgun, and demanded cash. The robbers then fled the scene with an undisclosed sum of money. No shots were fired, and no one was injured in the incident.

Both robbers were dressed in dark clothing, wearing masks and white gloves. One of the robbers spoke with what has been described as a Jamaican-Cayman accent.

The occupants of the car or anyone who has any information about the crime should call George Town police station on 949-4222 or the confidential Crime Stoppers number 800.

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Chopper finds missing men

| 03/09/2011 | 47 Comments

(CNS): Update -The crew from the missing vessel Renegade were found alive and well 56nm north of Cayman Brac, the RCIPS confirmed Saturday. Shortly before 10:00 am the Air Operations Unit located the vessel and the helicopter crew made contact with the two men on board via radio. The two men said they had been drifting since losing engine power Friday. The crew of the DoE vessel, Enforcer 2, towed the Renegade for ten hours, at times in extremely bad weather, before docking in Cayman Brac around 10:30 pm Saturday night.  Acting Inspector Clive Smith of the RCIPS Joint Marine Unit, who co-ordinated the search and rescue operation, said it was a great team effort to get the crew and the boat back to dock.

"Many people will recall that in August last year the Renegade was reported overdue and located several days later after a massive search operation. This time the vessel was fitted with a GPS emergency transmitter, which was able to be monitored by emergency regional co-ordination centres — that's why the  police helicopter crew located her so quickly this morning," he said Saturday night.

"The DoE crew of Erbin Tibbitts, his son, E J Tibbitts, and Sheldon Scott have done a wonderful job, in very difficult conditions,  to get the boat and crew back safe and sound. We thank them for their outstanding work."

The search and rescue operation was launched for the men in the 30-foot canoe type converted vessel earlier Saturday morning after one of the men's wives received the automated GPS distress call.

The RCIPS Marine and Air Operations Units, along with the US Coast Guard, began the search operation around 7am after the distress signal suggested the boat was around 72 miles NE of Grand Cayman.

Just over one year ago theRenegade and its crew went missing for a week and that time the crew was found by the RCIPS air support unit in the Pickle Bank area. Crew members at the time were Jorge Diaz and Westley Dixon, who spotted the police helicopter and released a distress flair.

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