Pizza man escapes robbers

| 11/12/2009

(CNS): Two would-be robbers, who threatened a driver from a local pizza company with a knife, were left empty-handed after their intended victim drove away. Police say that about 10.45pm last night, Thursday 10 December, the driver was attempting to make a delivery to a home in Shirley Towbis Lane, Bodden Town. When he was unable to find the address he was looking for, he asked two men who were standing nearby for directions. The men directed the delivery man to a house in the lane. But when he got there he was informed by the resident that no-one in the house had placed an order.

As he was driving back out of the lane the same two men stepped out in front of the car. One of them produced a knife and demanded cash.

The delivery driver immediately drove off and reported the matter to police. The RCIPS said he was not injured and no money was taken. The men responsible are described as having dark skin and were wearing black sweatshirts and blue jeans. One of them had his face covered with a black bandana, which had a floral design.

CID Detective Chief Inspector Peter Kennett said, “Fortunately the delivery driver was able to evade the would-be robbers and drive off without handing over any cash. However we need the help of the public to find out who these men are. If you have any information which could help us track them down I would ask you to contact Bodden Town CID on 947 -2220, or call Crime Stoppers on 800 – 8477 (TIPS).

“I would also take this opportunity to remind companies offering delivery services to continue to make sure they try to verify that orders being placed are genuine,” Kennet added.

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  1. as the world watches says:

    Read all the comments, the same type of people are running the country.  Now you can understand why Cayman has returned to third world status so quickly.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Putting aside for just a moment this horrible and scary act. My worry would be if a pizza delivery person could not findmy home what about a fire truck,police or an amublance.  If I need the help NOW what if they can not find me.  Maybe something should be done with marking the street and the house numbers in big numbers??? Not long ago this happened on the Brac when an amublance was needed and help was delayed for what could have been a bad ending. All turned out OK this time but hey if you can get lost on the Brac heaven help you on Grand Cayman!!!

    • Anonymous says:


      I would like to put your mind to rest.  The Police, Fire anf 911 does have addresses etc right in Cayman and they do speak English. When 911 is called they get your phone number etc. The problem starts when places like these Pizza place employ person who can not read or speak good English for cheep labour.  But if they do not know the directions they should phone back the place that sent them out.  But, then I think the name and address is on the Pizza Box.  These two men did not even have to be living at Northward Road and may not even know the right place.  I know that young Caymanian men gather and have parties or play dominoes in the Northward area in their yards, but I do not see thee as committing this act.  These young men get together instead of going to Night Clubs.  I think that this problem steams from the Pizza Place.

      • Dick Shaughneary says:

        "these Pizza place employ person who can not read or speak good English for cheep labour".  By this one sentence alone, it appears that you should be aspiring to a pizza delivery job.


        1) Why capitalise "Pizza"?

        2) "person" – "people".

        3) "can not" – "cannot"

        4) "good English" – "English well" is better.

        5) "cheep" – "cheep".

        Living in a glass house as you do, you should be very wary of going on a stone throwing spree.

        • Gram Arian says:

          Dick!  We meet again. 

          Maybe you meant "cheap", perhaps???? Beware of glass outhouses.


          PS – It’s snowing up a storm…  Wish you were here.

        • Anonymous says:

          "steams from"

        • Dick Shaughneary says:

          Apologies for the typo re "cheep" – "cheap"!  I had planned to change it to a terrible "cheep cheep" twitter related joke but pressed "send" by accident.

  3. Anonymous says:

    What happens in many areas in the States is that pizza companies will refuse to deliver to certain crime ridden areas.

    It is unfortunate but given the risks and dangers it is understandable.

  4. Anonymous says:

    As a tourist in Cayman (usually 2-3 times a year), I have always felt comfortable to stop and ask for directions when lost until I read this article. This stuff is really scaring me as it is like reading the city news in my own district (in the US).

    Last summer a delivery driver was beaten to death in the city next to where I live. He went to drop off food  to an address that was "fake"- called in by a bunch of gang members for a joke. Now, 3 teenage gang members are facing over 20 years in jail.

    Most cities do not deliver food (during the day or at dark) to hardcore areas.


    • Anonymous says:

      I’ve (just)now moved out of Cayman to avoid the crime explosion.  Here in the city I know where to avoid going and I know that there are effective police about.  The problem in Cayman is that crime (serious violent crime) is happening everywhere – from West Bay to South Church Street, from everywhere in George Town to the tip of East End.  From the bars to the parking lots to the streets and the stores and the forests… There is now nowhere that is safe in Cayman, and the police cannot deal with it (go ahead and debate for whatever reason – the fact that they can’t is all you need to know). 

      Sad but true – it’s every person for themselves in Cayman.  Take care of yourselves good people of Cayman.

      Oh, and no the door of the airplane did not hit me in the ass on the way out.  Thanks for your concern to those other people.

  5. the typical answers lol says:

    Here we go again:

    1.  "When will we Caymanians do something, talk, turn in the bad guys?"

    2.  "When will the police start doing their jobs?"

    3.  "When will the country have security cameras everywhere?"

    4.  "Why aren’t their more police from the UK/Canada/New Zealand/Australia/Los Angeles/New York etc."

    5.  "When we were kids, we used to rob people but we did so with paper ninja stars and personal insults.  Thus it’s ok to rob people with guns.  Just have to educate the criminals etc."

    6.  "Expats vs Caymanians etc."

    7.  "Why not have more welfare"

    8.  "Legalize everything"

    9.  "Crack down on everything"

    10. "Make jail scarier"  

    11) Poice need to stop giving speeding tickets and catching Drunk drivers and concentate on the "real criminals"

    12) Turn to the power of prayer.  The greatness of God will solve all problems.

    13) (Ex-pat) "That’s it, I’m outta here."

    14) (Caymanian) "Don’t let the arplane door hit you in the ass on the way out."

    15) It was the PPM/UDP/your grandmother…

  6. Anonymous says:

    I am not surprised that in the present climate of escalating crime these delivery people have become targets. Based on my own past experience with placing orders for delivery it often became very evident that many of these people are new to the Islands and haven’t a clue regarding address locations. The managers/owners of these companies need to ensure that their delivery people know where they are going, for their own safety.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I live in the Northward area and passed several young men at the first turn heading toward Northward Prison after 10 PM last night. This is only a stone throw from Shirley Towbis Lane. I was suspicious that these young men may not have been up to anything good, and thought of calling the Police, however I did not have a phone with me, so the idea went unattended.

    The house where these young men were is frequented by several young men during the day as well as at night. Except for 2 cars that I saw there, one when I was heading toward Town and a different one when I was on my way back home I did not see any illegal activity other than the men gathered in a fairly large number.

    Unfortunately unless someone calls the Police, they are not likely to come out and patrol these areas until someone gets away with a crime. I dont think it should be incumbent on the residents of Northward to do the Police work for them however the Neighbourhood watch system is known to work very well in some areas and is a deterrent to would be criminals.

    • Anonymous says:

      I just passed the same area where the attempted robbery took place last night. Heading out of Northward there were about 6 young men gathered in front of the house at the corner. On my way back there were two of the men standing in the middle of the road in what appears to be an attempt to slow drivers making the turn.

      Well I did not slow down and passed close enough to them to touch them with my hand if I wished. Next time they may not be that lucky.

      Where is the Police?.  They should be patrolling the area to at least make them aware that they are being watched. I guess they are waiting for a crime to be committed and then like always they will be expecting the public to tell them who did it.

      What a waste of tax payers money the RCIPS is.

  8. Anonymous says:

    How do you verify if an order being placed is genuine?

    Most people have cell phones now so it’s like you can cross reference it against some available directory. That statements shows the incompetence of the RCIPS.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Sadly they will start attacking tourists who ask for directions soon as well.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Okay… here we go…

    “the driver was attempting to make a delivery to a home in Shirley Towbis Lane, Bodden Town.
    When he was unable to find the address he was looking for, so he asked two men who were standing nearby for directions.

    The men directed the delivery man to a house in the lane, but when he got there he was informed by the resident that no-one in the house had placed an order.”

    As he was driving back out of the lane the same two men stepped out in front of the car. One of them produced a knife and demanded cash.
    Do you understand what happened now???
    • Anonymous says:

      Exalty, the same two men he asked directions from, later atttempted to rob him

      So why give a description of a guy having a bandana covering his face if he already had seen his face when asking for directions earlier?

      Do you think the police have a better chance of catching the criminals with a proper description or that the guys face was covered up, after all he had already seen the guys face.

      Unless of course the guy was wearing the bandana all along

      Do you understand what happened now???


  11. Darlene says:

    It is hard to understand that a Pizza Delivery person would not have the right house number and a contact phone to call the person that he was delivering the Pizza to. What about calling the Pizza Shop to get the right number?, but then most times they do not have credit on their phone to call.   I feel awful about this as this happen on Northward Road in my area.  We need to be more careful and do not stop to ask persons for directions.  If you don’t know where you are going head back to the headquarters. Thank God that the driver was not harmed.  In the Northward Road area there are quite alot of person who have been laid off from their jobs and is looking quick cash.  This is why when persons are laid off, Immigration should be informed.  Most mornings there are men just sitting around the Northward Road Park– way pass hours that they should be at work.  There are times when they ask People for a Day,’s Work.  In a way I feel sorry for persons being laid off from work.  But this is now effecting Cayman and I do think that it is escalating the crime surge.  I do hope that things will improve in Cayman soon.

    • Anon says:

      This is entirely normal behaviour for pizza delivery drivers.  He had the address, he just couldn’t find it, and this is often the case.  I regularly order Pizza and despite leaving very accurate instructions when placing the order so they can locate my house easily, the drivers never seem to end up with that info and instead I mostly see them drive straight past my house and start knocking on neighbours doors or asking people in the street where the property is – they never seem to call me for clarification (probably for the reason you stated – no credit) and so I guess they are leaving themselves open to this kind of behaviour. 

      I go by Northward Park most days and see what you describe.  One of those men doesn’t seem to want to work he’s almost always begging money from or making threatening gestures to people and bus drivers… that is if he’s not fast asleep in a drunken stupor on the ground!  Same person is still there doing the same thing on an evening when I come home from work again.

      • Anonymous says:

        The individual occupying the Bench on the corner has already served time at Northward for cutting the throat of a resident of Northward.

        Sad to say it may be just a matter of time before he does something similiar again.

    • Anonymous says:

      I entirely agree with Miss Darlene. It is difficult not to correlate the lay offs with the recent surge in crime. But also, this should be a note of caution to delivery drivers to head back to your headquarters if you are unable to confirm an address by telephone.

      • Anonymous says:

        Nah Darlene-the surge in crime has nothing to do with lay-offs. Responsible people that work then get laid off don’t have the criminal mentality to commit crime. They buckle down and make do in honest ways. These are our CAYMANIAN layabouts you can see all over the place (eg Coe wood beach) who need their fix of drugs and of course would never in this world work for it. Why would they? Their parents/parent has never held them accountable for their behaviour from the age of 2 so they are totally out of control from the age of 10 or even earlier.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Next time he should run them over. Disgusting wretches.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Dumb and dumber! I guess delivery people in Cayman will stop delivering after dark now.

  14. Anonymous says:

    I was afraid something like this would be next.  RCIPS  please jump on this and be sure to find who the attempted-robbers are or there will be many more of similar nature.  Criminals are trying every avenue to see which crimes they can get by with as long as they are not being caught.

    Lord have mercy on us and increase our vigilant law enforcement officers.


  15. Anon says:

    Why did he stop and ask for directions from someone with a bandana covering his face?

    • Anonymous says:

      You need to read the article AGAIN before making such silly comments!!!

      • EastSider says:

        What silly comment are you talking about ? The article didn’t say he asked two men for directions,  one of which had a bandana on his face.  The article said when they stopped him and attempted to rob him one had a bandana on his face.

        • Anonymous says:

          "As he was driving back out of the lane the same (as he asked directions from) two men stepped out in front of the car. One of them produced a knife and demanded cash."

          Now think a bit harder

          • Anonymous says:

            What you idiots aren’t understanding was the original posters irony when asking why he asked directions off a man with a bandana over his face. Obviously he knew that nobody would stop and ask directions from an obvious crook like that. But what he MEANT was when he spoke to them originally they were obviously not wearing a mask, but on his return they were, so why does the description of the man not include the face that he has obviously seen originally but instead say he was wearing a mask??

            He would have had to have seen his face and this information might be more useful to the public or police trying to trace the suspects whereabouts, as to be honest, I think he may have taken the mask off by now.

            And you lot are the cream of Cayman’s crop…what a laugh


      • Anonymous says:

        Really, you try reading it again

        He asked directions from two men, then the same two men attempted to rob him.

        Now if the guy was not wearing the bandana when he first asked directions then why was his description of the guy as having a bandana covering his face. He would have already seen his face before the robbery.

        If your giving a description to the police to try and catch them which would be better? what the guy’s face looks like or when he couldn’t see the guys face.

        Please actually think before commenting on others stupidity

      • Anonymous says:

        Ha Ha are you dunb, try reading the article again with the posters comment in your mind to see what he is talking about

        With your deductive skills to you work for the RCIP?

    • Anonymous says:

      I am sure the person put the bandana on his face afterwards.  Most likely he was not the main one he asked for directions.

    • Afraid to Strap on a Pair Also says:

      It takes a really secure man to ask for directions from anybody.  Why not  from a guy with a bandana or better yet, a pair of pantyhose over his head?

    • Anonymous says:

      Dumb people such as yourself shouldn’t have access to technology

      • Anonymous says:

        and dumb people like you should learn try and use what limited brain cells you pocess a little better