Three arrested in Gustav

| 01/09/2008

(CNS):  As Gustav passed over the Cayman Islands on Friday night, Saturday morning the police made three arrests, two of which were of individuals attempting to take advantage of the storm. One 20-year old man was arrested for Going Equipped to Steal, Driving- Riding without a License and taking a Vehicle Without Owner’s Consent and another 22 year old man in an unrelated incident was also arrested for Going Equipped to Steal and Possession of an Offensive Weapon. One 28-year old man was also arrested for Assault.

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS) stressed however that the majority of the public heeded the advice to stay indoors during the passing of Hurricane Gustav with no major incidents reported. With the Sister Islands taking the brunt of the storm and losing power Commanding Officer of Cayman Brac, Acting Chief Inspector Patrick Beersingh stated that for some residents Hurricane Gustav was the real thing.

“They lost property, but fortunately, no lives or serious injury. For the Emergency Services, we were prepared and Gustav was an opportunity for us to learn and be even more prepared for the next event. The police had 100% cooperation from all,” he said. “On behalf of the RCIPS, I thank all the Emergency Personnel, Hurricane Volunteers and the general public for the excellent spirit of camaraderie and community, which I have now come to expect in the Sister Islands. We are continuing to recover in Little Cayman, and with the efforts underway there, normalcy should be restored soon."

Acting Commissioner David George added that officers from the RCIPS were a credit to the service. “The commitment and professionalism exhibited by the officers of the RCIPS was exceptional, they are a credit to the Service and the people of the Cayman Islands should be rightly proud of their efforts,” he said.

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