Armed robbery in West Bay

| 08/04/2009

(CNS): Police said this morning that detectives are investigating an armed robbery that occurred last night, Tuesday 7 April, in West Bay and are appealing for witnesses or people with information to come forward. The robbery occurred at the One Stop Shop, Le Mar Village, West Church Street, West Bay, when two men stole a handbag belonging to a staff member and a pouch containing the shop takings at gunpoint.

The Royal Cayman islands Police Service has said that the 911 Emergency Communications Centre received a call at approximately 8.55 pm from a staff worker at the One Stop Shop, reporting that the two women in the store had just been robbed at gun point. Police responded to the scene and were told by staff that two men, who were dressed in dark clothes and had their faces masked, had entered the store carrying what appeared to be handguns.

The robbers took a handbag belonging to one of the staff members present and a pouch containing store cash and left the building. There was also a male customer in the store at the time of the offence. Police said that no one was injured in the incident.

The two men are described as being between 5ft 8ins and 6ft tall and both were wearing dark clothes. One of the men was wearing a dark jacket with a yellow stripe running down under each arm.

“West Church Street is a busy road and I appeal for anyone who was in the area at the time of the offence to think back to last night and try and remember if they saw these men before or after the offence,” said Detective Sergeant Colin Oremule, who is leading the investigation. “Anyone who was passing might have seen these men,” he stressed.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact West Bay CID on 949- 3999 or Crime Stoppers on 800-8477 (TIPS). All persons calling Crime Stoppers remain anonymous, and are eligible for a reward of up to $1000, should their information lead to an arrest or recovery of property/drugs.

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  1. Topcopper says:

    We need to get rid of the Corrupt Cops that are still infecting the RCIP and i am talking from the top not the bottom, crime will not get any better until we solve this problem Yeah!

  2. Anonymous says:

    An observation worth mentioning. Ever noticed in years past all of the "Campers" you would see along West Bay Road and other locations throughout the Islands during Easter ??? This year, there are very few but clearly the supermarkets are still full of shoppers buying groceries for Easter Celebration.

    Do you know why this is the case ????? It’s nothing to do with the economy or people travelling overseas, but simply because people are now scared and feel very vunerable outside their homes, believing that they may become victims of crime, particularly at night.

    It’s a sad state of affairs when citizens of a country become traumatized by Crime and have lost all confidence in the their Government and Police Service.

    Believe you me, we are in need of a new Government, an effecftive Crime Management System in the RCIPS and a society that are united as one, to root out all the evil and corruptionthat exist.

    If none of the above happens in the next 6-9 months, we will see much more chop chop, bang bang and gag gag left right and centre. 

    GOD HELP US ALL !!!!!



  3. AnotherIgn'antCaymanian says:

    Criticism is due wherever it is merited, logicman. Of course it is not solely the police’s fault. However, to have a police fore that has proven ineffective at BOTH the  prevention of crime and the apprehension of criminals after a crime is a crying shame. Especially for so large of a force for so small of a country. The fact that these criminals perpetrated a crime practically within sight of the police station clearly sends the message that the criminal element takes our law enforcement for a joke. Are they justified in doing so?

  4. Anonymous says:

    I believe the problem is education….

    Education is the best known method of crime prevention.  An educated country will always have a lower crime rate than an uneducated country.

    All the comments on this story contain numerous grammatical errors.  My 5 year old boy could write better than you lot!

    Stay in school kiddies!!

  5. Chanze says:

    McKeeva. Bush Is not God Stop expecting him to fix everything……………. Bah! 

  6. AnotherIgn'antCaymanian says:

    I am not solely placing the blame on the police. But for a police force the size the size that we have for an island of our size, shouldn’t there be less serious crime taking place (prevention), and if not so, should there not be more criminals apprehended and prosecuted? And the fact the said crime occured practically withing eyesight of the police station, clearly states that the criminals think the police force is a joke.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Maybe McKeeva needs to focus on the high crime in West Bay!

  8. Anonymous says:

     I love how the blatant racism comes out every time something happens on this island. It’s always someone else’s fault. Those other people who are ruining Cayman. Blame blame blame. 

  9. Realist says:

    Logicman you do make sense in a sense. And i totally agree that it is wrong to keep jumping on the police and blaming them everytime something happens.

    On a Real note here:

    People do what they chose to do. Okay so stop all the forigners from comming here. Then who are you going to blame? They like the police are not to blame for ever offence that happens. I see more Caymanian drug pushers in court than I see any other nation. Note that they are killing their own people with that stuff! I wont be surprised if most of these crimes are committed by people who use some drug.

    You know what though it is just "logical" that people always try to find someone else to blame.

    What we need is a society a little more welcoming towards people who are trying to make a change and want to give back to the community instead of forcing them to revert to criminal ways or to become a bum.

    There is corruption everywhere! There is evil everywhere! People just have to resist!

    Economy crisis is effecting everyone, people aren’t making money and the living price is rough! Stop pointing fingers and realize some people are going to try to find the easy way all the time instead of working to make a dollar like some of us.


  10. You cant blame the police, how ignorant

  11. logicman says:

    funny how "AnotherIgn’antCaymanian" below immeadiately reverts to blaming the police. This HAS to STOP. Time for the community to work with the police and stop blaming them for asbsolutely everything.

    The problem here isnt with the police – its with society. over the years cayman has let in too many people from countrie"s" (more than just jamaica) that have cultures entwined in guns, drugs, gangs and violence. It is no wonder these influences are starting to show here.

    The old time Cayman we all used to know and love has lost its innocence and there is no way it can come back once lost. My only hope is that immigration gets serious and starts deporting some of the hardcore criminals starting to come to our shores recently. One problem, is – caymanians are selling themselves out – marrying jamaicans, hondurans and others which legitimizes their presence.

    As soon as we get organized gangs in from jamaica and Honduras, we are finished, and quite frankly, big city forces like the LAPD struggle with these guys, so we cant slam the RCIP for being ill prepared to deal with this. This is a societal problem, not a policing problem. Unfortunatly, our officers that work the front line, will be the first to suffer the serious effects of this.





  12. AnotherIgn'antCaymanian says:

    If I have paid attention in my geography lessons, the RCIPS station in West Bay happens to be on the same West Church street, in fact about 800 ft. away! The entire police service has to be reviewed, how can they they be so ineffective against the prevention of crime as well as the invesigation of it? What little common sense God has granted me allows me to conclude that if there was was greater visibility of the police, less crimes would occur, despite their obvious incompetence. What are hard-earned tax-payer dollars paying their salaries for if not to uphold their mission statement. Accountability! It’s time for it.

  13. Anonymous says:

    This has got to stop.

    We need to allow the police to have guns.  Anyone found with a gun should be shot in the eye. No exceptions.

    See how the crime rate reduces then.