Armed robbers on CCTV

| 25/05/2012

WestStar TV robbery Getaway vehicle crop.jpg(CNS): Three people arrested yesterday following an armed robbery at the WestStar TV have all since been eliminated from the enquiry. However, police have now released photographs of two of the suspects (see below). Shortly before 3pm on Thursday, 24 May, three masked men, two of whom were armed with what appeared to be firearms, entered the Television Centre offices in Eclipse Drive, George Town, police said. The men threatened staff and customers before making off with a sum of cash. No shots were fired during the robbery and no staff or customers were injured. The suspects then entered a getaway vehicle (shown left), which was parked outside the front door with a waiting driver.

They then drove off towards Eastern Avenue. A short time later police found an abandoned car in School Road and are confident this was the vehicle used in the robbery.

The car is a wine coloured Mitsubishi RVR and displayed the license plates 101878.

WestStar TV robbery Suspects cropped.jpgOne suspect was 5’8”, stocky build and of a light brown complexion, wearing a navy coloured baseball cap, a black or navy bandana covering his face, a black or navy long sleeved sweatshirt with a grey or white sweatshirt underneath.

The second armed robber was approximately 5’11’ wearing a camouflage baseball cap with a dark coloured patterned bandana covering his face, a camouflage jacket.

The third suspect was approximately 5’6” with a light brown complexion wearing a black jacket, a white baseball cap with a white cover over the top and black gloves.

The male getaway driver is described as large build, wearing a light coloured long sleeved shirt.
 
The police are appealing to anyone who may have been in the areas of Eclipse Drive, Eastern Avenue or School Road who may have seen the suspects or the getaway vehicle to make contact with them.

Furthermore anyone with any information on the whereabouts of the car prior to this incident taking place is encouraged to come forward.

Information can be passed to the Drugsand Serious Crimes Task Force on 949-4222, the RCIPS tip-line 949-7777 or Crime Stoppers on 800-8477(TIPS).

Pictures in larger format attached below.

Category: Crime

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Called Crimestoppers this morning and it went to an answering machine. Please leave name and number and we will get back with you. Website does not work either?

    • Anonymous says:

      The Crime Stoppers line is 800-8477 (no "1" in front).  It is manned in Miami 24-7.

    • Going Cheap says:

      Closed it to help pay for appliances, travel expenses and paving costs. Elections ain’t cheap you know.

    • Anonymous says:

      That would be crime fighting… Cayman-style!  🙂

       

  2. Anonymous 3 says:

    The person with the blue surgical mask looks very much like a girl.  Watch the back of the hair In fact look closely at all of them and make your own assment.  You would be surprised at what your mind is going to tell you.

    • Anonymous says:

      ummmmmmmmmmmmhhhhhhh, no.

    • Anonymous says:

      Is there another picture other than this one shown? In this pic all I see is the white cap/mask all the way down the back of the neck and the jacket covering the back of that. I don't even see hair.

      • Anonymous 3 says:

        I believe if you get one of those magnifying glass and look closely at the pictures.  Look at the face  of the one in the football cap, Look good.  Then look at the back of the hair of the one with the surgical mask, and the other one looks like they have on glasses.  Look closely then make your own assesment.

  3. Anonymous says:

    There are recording devices now available- with excellent precision-  in a form of a pen, watch, key, you pick  that every business person can have and activate with a move a hand..Businesses could easily invest inot it, they are not expensive.. but want is the point? Cayman Police plays catch and release game.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Well, it looks like our Premier is getting what he wants, his own little Jamaica.

  5. lookey here says:

    Should never have printed the article of robberies on decline CNS. You woke them up.

    Wish we could get some stats on our robbery count compared to other countries who have a population of 55 000 people. That would probably put things more in perspevtive. I have a feeling we would be right at the top of that list.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I'm just saying.  In the States, if you get pulled over by the police, they immediately put your license number in their computer and know who owns the car and any past  legal history.  With Cayman being he financial capital of the world, why do the police not have access to a computer database?

    • Anonymous says:

      They probably do have access, but being as most of the time thieves and robbers aren't stupid enough to use their own vehicles to commit crimes, the only benefit that can be gained from this is to return the vehicle to its original owner from whom it was stolen by those using it to commit crimes.

    • Anonymous says:

      The database probably exists.

       

      Do you also expect accurate and timely data entry?

    • Anonymous says:

      5.25 Of course the Police have access to a computer database! What makes you think they don't?

      I stood next to an officer while at the bank many years ago, and asked him about the number of an abandoned car. He made one phone call and within seconds had the name and address of the owner. It might be an idea to check your facts before you make unfounded statements. 

      I do agree that the police should make more of an effort to predict crimes before they happen, so they can be in place with their truncheons, as everyone seems to think they should, but then if it were that easy, we'd all be lottery winners.

       

       

       

       

    • Anonymous says:

      Why do you think they don't?  They do, but just like the states, it doesn't always tell you who the current DRIVER is because they don't want you to know.  My money is that this is not owned by the current computer owner.  How many robberies in this world are committed by people driving their own cars …. doh

      • Anonymous says:

        I bet they'll find out that the car was stolen.  Would they be that stupid to drive one of their own cars especially showing the lic. plates and a car with such unique painted design on it?

    • Anonymous says:

      It's a stolen vehicle Bobo… 

  7. Anonymous says:

    Just wondering if CNS and others reporting the news might consider rewording their ever so popular line "…no staff or customers were injured…." to a more accurate " … no staff or customers were physically injured…"  Having a gun pointed in your face and being robbed must leave some lasting negative impression I reckon. Don't downplay the horrendous nature/depth of these crimes. Even when these punks don't cause physical damage the mental toll must be substantial. 

    • Anonymous says:

       

      Physical trauma heals, psychological never and in the long run starts causing severe health problems.

  8. Anonymous says:

    The photo is about as much use as the infamous Compass line drawing of the waterfront Burger King robbers of donkey's years back (two hoods with eyes on the front page and an appeal to the public for identification). Anyone remember? Sorry, but this is beyond comical and I'm laughing!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Just install cameras like the ones they use on ATM machines and in a strategic location. Have 2 cameras outside pointing in each direction and a automatic lockout system on the door. Have the monitor by the employee out front and if they see any suspicious individuals coming towards the front entrance – press a button and it locks them out is another option. There is an invention called a 180 or 360 degree camera.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Well so much for intelligently aggressive just another day another robbery in the Cayman Islands

    • John Bull says:

      There's a certain air of resignation in your post and I do agree with it. What in darnation is going on?

  11. Anonymous says:

    when will businesses realise that just having cameras is not good enough. having cameras positioned in the correct places and of high quality is much more worth while, these pics we see here could be anyone in the world to me, position one at head level pointing at customers faces and one of high quality also on the whole room. also outdoor cameras pointing at car park spaces etc? i know i would invest in them, these cameras suck it always makes me laugh when i see the footage.

    • Anonymous says:

      when will businesses realize that doing business in Grand Cayman, regardless if you run a shoe repair shop or bank, is dangerous… ranch. Why not to pay FBI to put this to end, rather than waste money on 400+ uselss Cayman policemen… they can't catch these fellas in the island the size of aTexas

      • Minority now says:

        Cayman policemen i know you wrong deh! You obviously ain't living here?

      • Anonymous says:

        We are British my friend, A land Governed by it so no American forces would be permitted, though many a day I wish we were of American soil as corruption would be rooted out and many cold cases would be solved and criminals would get caught and punished.

    • Anonymous says:

      The cameras are actually HD and it obviously doesn't matter how good of a quality they are when they're wearing masks and covering all parts of their bodies!

  12. Anonymous says:

    How is it possible that the police don't immediately know the owner of this vehicle?

    • philip says:

      it may have been stolen?

    • Mr Bean says:

      I was behind this car today and there was no way it would pass an inspection. It was doing 25mph down the bypass with white smoke coming out the back and it was painted 3 different colours. I can not imagin that it was licenced or insured. Can't the police get these cars off the road and just crush them at the dump.

    • Anonymous says:

      You hit the nail in their coffin… And they now want to fingerprint everyone. What a joke

      • Anonymous says:

        Haha! CNS posters are the best at mixed metaphors and malaprops. Reading CNS is as much fun as shooting monkeys in a barrel, and that is not just an insinuendo!

      • Anonymous 2 says:

        Yes people need to be fingerprinted.  What is the government dragging their foot on this.  Or is it someone knows something about their helper or gardner  or their friend maintenance man.  at a tangle web we weave.

        I know people on this Island who are Deportees from USA, have been involved in shootings in USA and big drug dealers.  Got clean police record and working right here.   The sorry part of it is that some of their employers know too, but the employers are also Prison-Bud Criminals, so birds of a feather flock together.  What do we do now.

        • Anonymous says:

          Sorry but if you KNOW people on this island who are big drug dealers and criminals and you haven't done anything about it then you are just as bad. You're asking what do we do now? Start with yourself and give that information to the police. If you're just speculating and rumour mongering then try so hush. We have enough issues to deal with that we don't need to make things up.

          • Anonymous says:

            09:30 I think you need to hush your mouth.  Because the police was told .  It may not have been told to you, but other officers know.  I am sure of that.  Cant trust all of una because the deportees are good  good buddies with the police.  You think they do not have a reason for doing this.  Watch your company..

    • Anonymous says:

      It was stolen.  

  13. Anonymous says:

    Why is it that CCTV cameras are always placed so high that you can never see the robber at face level? I can understand why they are up high when in reach of the public, but when they are behind a counter, would it not make more sense to have them at a lower level so that they can record the person's face, even if he is wearing a mask or disguise? In the CCTV images that we see released after incidents like this, it's always from up high without a clear view of the person's face.

    • Anonymous says:

      I dunno…….maybe the robbers are the ones who instal the cameras? Just a suggestion.

    • Anonymous says:

      Because Security Companies market poor equipment and almost always install them poorly. They have no clue. Their main concern is selling the equipment and getting paid for the service.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Why does the RCIPS release this info nearly 24 hours after it happens? If this was Miami (much larger than Cayman!) it would be on the news wtihin 30 minutes.  The public CAN NOT help if you don't share immediately.  Perhaps I saw this car driving home last night but had no idea that it was involved in a robbery.  Perhaps I saw it parked down a lane last night, but today it is gone.

    • -- says:

      Please read. "A short time later police found an abandoned car in School Road and are confident this was the vehicle used in the robbery."  While your ideas may be reasonable.  Your support is faulty, which then takes away from your idea. 

      • Anonymous1 says:

        Not really. Did they release the surveillance footage right away? No. Even if they found the car why was that not disclosed right away, perhaps I was on that road and saw them getting out a few hours later.

        • Anonymous says:

          I dont think that people are so careless and leaving their cars unlocked anymore. Its always a good excuse to say that the car was stolen.

    • Robert Peel says:

      Please, if you have information about seeing this car on your way home last night or seeing it parked but noticed it gone later, contact the RCIP immediately. Thank you.