Bank heist suspect released

| 04/05/2012

scotia bank robbery2.jpg(CNS): Update Monday 7 May — Police say the 25-year-old man they arrested on Friday in connection with Thursday’s bank heist at the downtown George Town branch of Scotia Bank has been released on police bail while enquiries continue. Officers investigating the armed robbery are appealing for anyone who has information in relation to the robbery or who witnessed the car being abandoned in Bronze Road shortly after Thursday morning’s crime to come forward. The bank was held up at around 11:45am when three men, two armed with guns, entered the bank and demanded cash.

scotia bank robbery2 (291x300)_0.jpgThey escaped in a waiting dark blue Honda Accord saloon, which was later found abandoned behind Church of the New Testament off North Sound Road. However, the car was caught on camera by a visiting cruise passenger as one of the robbers was getting into the car. The armed masked men reportedly fled with an undisclosed sum ofcash but no shots were fired and no one was injured during the bank heist.

Police continue the hunt for the individuals involved in the crime.

Information can be passed to George Town CID on 949-4222, the RCIPS tip-line 949-7777 or Crime Stoppers on 800-8477(TIPS).

Category: Crime

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  1. Anonymous says:

    In the UK and Ireland, there are banks that employ the use of double doorways in order to enter the premises.  Press a button and enter through the first doorways, and then the customer must wait in a secure area between the first door and the second door until the first door has completely shut.  Then the customer must press another button in order to open the second door and exit the secure area into the bank.  The same process leaving the bank is also in place.

     

    Makes sense, easy to use, easy to secure, easy to monitor.  May cost some $$ to install initially, but I hope making the employees and customers alike feel safer is worth it, not to mention security can monitor who is coming and going much better.  I think that will definitely help deter potential robbers.

     

    Just a thought.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Oh my what a surprise, I mean are we just saying arrest for the sake of it. A tourist witnessed and took a picture of a bank arm robbery and risk his or her life in the process and the RCIPS can't get off their lazy butts knowing they are only 1 minute away from Scotia Bank. I say that a law be put in place asap that allows bank to screen and sensor all customers just like in airports, each customer will have to provide a fingerprint to enter a bank. If you ain't got anything to hide then you won't mind the 1 minute wait. Armed security officers must be part of security operations, also  the dummy cash bags with gps tracker.

    Cayman is now a well knowned crime destination and soon we'll get the official don't visit warning from the US State Department and from foreign offices. What is our politicians doing about crime, nothing just arguing and pointing fingers while the crimminals are just going about doing their dirt.

  3. Anonymous says:

    When I was a bank teller we had training in a variety of scams and robbery scenarios.  We had counter measures for each to ensure that manager and police were alerted in progress, nobody got hurt, and that the thieves would get caught.  I'm not allowed to go into great detail, but suffice to say there were many counter measures available then, and probably many more now.  Our branch was robbed subsequently and they caught the buggers a few hours later.  All cash recovered.  The bank was never robbed again.  That was 20 years ago.

    We keep reading about the same businesses getting hit for the second, third, fourth time in as many years, you have to wonder whether these business owners have learned anything from their earlier experiences?       

  4. Caymanian Boat Captain says:

    "Catch and Release" once again !!!!! 

  5. West Bayer says:

    “A nudda one bites the dust”

    The only way to solve crimes around here is to give out MAJOR cash rewards, $5000 and such, ain’t worth it to risk your life.

  6. Anonymous says:

    It would also help deter certain crimes if a crackdown was imposed on those intentionally obscuring their license plates.  I would estimate one in twenty-five vehicles is utilizing such a device.

    • Anonymous says:

      and before the ink is even dry, the so called suspect is out on bail lol lol do i need to say anymore!!!

    • Anonymous says:

      Sad that in a small town like this bank robbers repeatedly just drive off and never caught. No Wonder they keep doing it. Has any bank robbery been solved?

    • Anonymous says:

      20:58  Some of the police have been vigilent in their tackle, but many are TOO LAZY to encounter.  The reason why I say this is that they have been told repeatedly to stop cars  which are  seen driving leisurely after 9 am in the morning with lone rangers in it.  That means two or three men who is not working and just scouting out the place.

      At nights you will see the same thing.  Two or three men just riding around town doing nothing, just looking for mischief.   STOP THEM AND SEARCH THEM.

  7. Soapbox Sally says:

    Is it just me or do all bank heists takeplace between 10:00 and 12:00 on Thursdays?

    • Knot S Smart says:

      Well yes… Because they dont wake up until 10 am, and thats their only available time, since they dont rob on their lunch break – from 12 pm to 3 pm.

      • Soapbox Sally says:

        fair point…and remember, they once did try to dig their way into a bank at night……but that wasn't so successful….so I guess they decided to go back to the tried and tested late morning method.  So I officially declare that I will not be carrying out any banking until after 12:00 on Thursdays….or maybe I will just give Thursdays a miss altogether.

  8. Anonymous says:

    just stop and search all cars with illegal window tint!!!!!!

    • Caymanian/Expat family- all one says:

      How about confiscate cars with illeagal window tint and keep them locked up for 30 days, removed the illegal glass and charge the owner for the "repair".?  Illegal is illegal, so enforce it!

       

  9. Anonymous says:

    Wow RCIPS caught someone! It’s a start Will be interesting to see if they charge them. And if they can get a conviction or even bring a prosecution before 2060.

  10. Anonymous says:

    This is not a news anymore, just statistics.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Where is the CCTV footage? Does Ezzard need to call for an investigation as to why it is not shown to the public? Come on Austin FOI it now?

    • Anonymous says:

      What I don't understand is we the people are paying over 2 million dollars to a security company to install cctv and so far they haven't been utilized.  Isn't it over a year now???? maybe an investigation should be opened on this?

  12. Anonymous says:

    Come on Cayman it is very simple to stop these robbers.
     

    The Banks should purchase/invest in a few money packs after all they can afford to purchase one for each Teller on the floor.
     

    They are two kinds of money packs, one with a red or pink dye and a one with a GPS tracker.
    Our government should mandate/ pass a law that each bank is required to have at least one of the above devices to stop these robber from thinking about entering our banks and stealing our money.
     

    The Dye packs and GPS tracker will allow these criminals to caught within half an hour to an hour the most.
     

    Come on Banks not because your money is insured, does not mean you can't help the reputation of the Cayman Islands.
     

    NothingNew

    • Anonymous says:

      I don't think that the money is insured. This isn't the US. Probably any losses are offset against profits, & therefore the charges made to customers. The robbers are effectively robbing the public.

  13. Same old scenario says:

    The suspect will be released within a week and that's the last we'll hear about it, I guarantee.

    • Anonymous says:

      A week, how about 24 hours!

      • Same old scenario 2 says:

        Yes, indeed ….blimey, when I wrote  "within a week" I was obviously being wildly optimistic for which I apologise to all our dear readers!

  14. Anonymous says:

    Somebody knows who did this, who has money and doesn't seem to work, who was all fired up on Thursday night? Call Crimestoppers before someone gets killed at one of these robberies.

  15. MEM says:

    Wow! Robbing a bank that is less than 2 mins drive from the police station! What does that say the criminals on this island think about our RCIP!!!!?

  16. Thinkoutsidethebun says:

    Am I the only one who is worried about the money?

  17. Anonymous says:

    Yeah, right. Arrested, but not charged, keep that in mind. The photo was taken by a tourist. Where all those 250 cameras point? 

  18. Anonymous says:

    Catch and release program at its best….I'lll bet he will be released in less than 30 days…

    • Anonymous says:

      I was wrong, should have said 3days…Catch and Release Program of the RCIPS…beter than going fishing anyday..

      What a waste of human resources..time for our useless Commissioner to go!!!!

  19. Anonymous says:

    If the police can't find these itiots we might as well close down the police station.

  20. Anonymous says:

    Toto, I've got a feeling we're not in kansas anymore……..

  21. Anonymous says:

    very prompt response RCIPS well done hopefully the arrest sticks and he is not released by the weekend

  22. Proud Caymanian says:

    Well Done RCIPS!!

     

    • Anonymous says:

      Thanks to our quick thinkingtourists!  They should be given a vacation package or something in thanks for this good deed!

  23. Cheese Face says:

    Nice one!