Armed men rob grocery store

| 25/09/2014

(CNS): Shots were fired by armed robbers on Wednesday night when they held up a grocery store in Prospect and stole over $1200. At about 8:18 pm last night (24 Septemebr) two masked men each armed with silver handguns entered the McRuss Grocery store at the intersection of Shamrock Road and Marina Drive. The robbers approached the 36 year old female cashier working in the store and demanded the cash from the till. One of the robbers had a black rucksack which they used to fill with cash. Two shots were then fired before the robbers made their escape towards the store’s car park and disappeared. (Photo courtesy of Cayman27)

Alongside the cashier a 42-year-old male customer was also in the store but despite the discharge of the firearm no one was physically hurt in the stick -up. The men stole a total of CI$1,202.77 from the store that has been the victim of several robberies over the last few years.

They armed robbers  were described as tall and slim build, dressed in all black clothing.  They wore dark gloves, baseball hats, and they had dark T-shirt type masking around their faces.  They both spoke with a Caymanian accent.

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident or who may have information that could assist police investigation is asked to contact DC Dyer or Sergeant Lloyd Hickey at 949-7710 or the RCIPS tip-line 949-7777, or Crime Stoppers on  800-8477 (TIPS).

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Our Brit boys are lost and would never get any assistant from the public because they are known to be anti-carribben & that would be their demise!!

    • Anonymous says:

      What exactly do you mean when you say "our bright boys are lost and would never get assistance from the public because the are known to be anti-caribbean"? I can't understand the context. 

  2. Anonymous says:

    Well they certainly had cameras and it was all caught on tape…but what can you see except masked faces.. They seemed quite relaxed too and spent a lot of time.  Dogs, businesses need well trained guard dogs. 

  3. Anonymous says:

    Clean up the bush on east side of mcruss? Stop the criminals from using the half completed building there?

  4. Anonymous says:

    Why risk your life or going to jail for quite some time for $1,000.00. You can't even buy goroceries in Foster's with that now a days.

  5. Anonymous says:

    It businessmen could have shotguns,

    McRuss could have taken a Bite out of Crime that night!

  6. Anonymous says:

    McRuss does have a security guard on duty on at least some days? was he not there on Wednesday night?

  7. Tailor of ICE says:

    No worries Alden soon put up his picture at the top of the road that is his neighborhood that wil scare dem off and i see the Governor is taking care of DART properties Well that covers it Erryting alright as far as National security is concerned. Aaaaaah boy this place is in a real mess what time is IT????? PPPM TIME!!!

    • Anonymous says:

      Because we all know it was crime free when McKeeva was in power….but wait…!

  8. Anonymous says:

    I have pleaded for RCIP patrols on Marina Drive. It is a hot spot. And where the hell is Immigration  Enforcement?  There are a dozen unemployed (permit offence) lay abouts on that street.  Social services and slumlords are fueling that neighborhood. This neighborhood could be cleaned up in a week if the above organizations actually worked together.  The robbers got Ala Kebab and Blackbesrds at Grand Harbour too- when are we going to catch these criminals within a square mile area?!?

    • Anonymous says:

      If CNS put 'Prospect' in headline when these incidents happen there as they do for WB, I'd have my house sold by now. I would suggest either put the district (initials would suffice) in for all cases or leave district outofheadlines for all stories.

       

  9. Anonymous says:

    Suggestion for prevention. Each person needs to open the door with skin contact on the door handle. Otherwise the door won't open. No sunglasses, hat etc if they want to enter. The door handle takes fingerprints of each person entering. Each person is on camera. Turnstile to enter which forces entry of one person at a time. Have that emergency button strategically placed for employees. Keep a taser on hand. Make the entry and exit have the same capabilities as an electric fence. 'Poison darts' or tranquilizer gun. Homemade Pepper spray. 

    Some suggestions may be illegal, others borderline and the rest reasonable. Pick what will work. 

     

    • Anonymous says:

      Business owners and their investors should have the discussion that they could be targeted one day and workshop through their security and training deficiencies.  Some are easy fixes, some are not, and of course there is no way of knowing if it will ever happen.  Most businesses we walk into have not bothered to install a basic height measurement tool beside the entry/exit doors.  Even a peice of tape to estimate height could be usefu to policel.  Staff should be trained on what descriptors are important to remember as it's happening – easier said than done – but there are lots of resources on this online. There should be a secure drop box with time lock, safe, or more regular cash deposits to reduce exposure.  We collectively need to make these seemingly "defenseless targets" more fortefied to reduce the success ratio on these heists.  

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes and rig some trap-doors, bear traps, snapping crocs and land-mines too. Idiot…

    • Anonymous says:

      Although I like your ideas, it won't prevent a robber from using another person to open the front door and then rush into the store. And tasers are no match for a fully armed robber.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Can the police say wether it was fake accents or true Caymanian Accents. We all know these guys are hinding behind these fake accents now. Hoepfully the RCIPS will see through this.

    • Anonymous says:

      And how would the police know that information? – have you been watching too many films or smoking too much crack?

    • Anonymous says:

      Why is it so hard to own up to the fact that these criminals are indeed CAYMANIAN???  How do I know?  because the ones who are actually caught and processed by the system are identified as Caymanian by the press.  

      It's like a willful blind spot that people can't possibly accept the fact that their own kind are responsible for this crime mess.  Time to get real with yourself and accept the facts as they are.

      • Anonymous says:

        Yes some are Caymanians, those that have been influenced by people from that other place who come here and turn some of our young people into criminals, thay are getting ahold of them at a yound age when they are easily influenced. then have them do thier dirty work..

  11. Anonymous says:

    Nation crime prevention strategy looks like a failure yet again 

  12. Mark Hennings says:

    Those two are having a good run. We must be sure to send them up for the full ten years when they are caught.

    • 2 armed thugs on foot says:

      All the robberies in that area never mention a getaway car.  Do these armed thugs live in the area? Landlords should be wary of those who pay in cash next Tuesday? Good luck RCIPS, catch these guys!  Go door to door and search for the weapons.

      • Anonymous says:

        Do you even know the prospect area 15.03? I am sure MOST of the residents pay cash for their rent etc. These are mostly 1 class of people, I am not prejudice just being honest here.

         

  13. Cheese Face says:

    Utter scum, hope they shoot each other over the money.

  14. Anonymous says:

    They are targeting McRuss quite a lot. The owner of McRuss needs to step up and increase security, wether it be gaurds or cameras. This is absoultely ridiculous and getting out of hand. The robbers have no regard whatsoever especially when you take in consideration the early hour they went and committed their crime? This needs to stop!

    • Anonymous says:

      Every retail business in Cayman should be wide awake to the reality that we aren't in Kansas anymore.  Simple tweaks of security will change the success ratio.

    • Anonymous says:

      Why is the onus on the owner of McRuss to increase security?  Why isn't the onus on the robbers to stop taking what isn't theirs?  Talk about scewed priorities.

       

       

  15. Anonymous says:

    We need to arm ourselves

    • Anonymous says:

      exactly.

    • Anonymous says:

      Brilliant suggestion. Everyoneshould be armed. You must mean like the States? Where if you take my parking spot I can shoot you. And you should be able to buy them online for your convenience. Because the citizens are all armed… and slightly edgy because of a perceived terrorist threat the police should have military grade weapons. Which they can use. I don't see how that can escalate.