Armed thieves hit restaurants

| 24/03/2010

Cayman Islands News, Grand caymna headline news, Cayman crime(CNS): Police are investigating yet another armed robbery, this time in George Town, after armed men took cash from the Kentucky Fried Chicken in West Bay Road. They are also making enquiries regarding an attempted robbery at Champion House. Detectives say that at around 10:30pm on Tuesday, 23 March, three men entered the Kentucky Fried Chicken. One of the men was armed with what appeared to be a firearm and another man had a machete. The men threatened staff and made off with a sum of cash. No one was injured and no shots were fired.

Two of the men are described as having dark skin and the other had a light complexion. All three men are of slim build and between 5’4” & 5’8” in height. One spoke with a Caymanian accent.

In the second incident a masked man carrying what appeared to be a firearm entered the Champion House II in Eastern Avenue around 10:50 pm. He attempted to open the cash register but fled empty handed. No shots were fired and no-one was injured in the incident.

He is described as being around 5 feet in height, skinny build, wearing blue long pants and a dark coloured long sleeved shirt. He had his face covered.

Anyone with information about either of these incidents is asked to contact George Town CID on 949-4222, or alternatively call Crime Stoppers on 800-8477 (TIPS). 

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  1. noname says:

    Nicky or Wendy their was a rumour of an attempt at foster Food Fair East End to steal the CNB Atm machine on the same night I dont see it anywhere being reported could you check it out

  2. Anonymous says:

    Bunch of crackheads!!!!


  3. Anonymous says:

    This is not the first time a KFC has been robbed in Cayman. A number of years ago the old one in Merrans Plaza was robbed at shotgun point. The only difference was that robbery was the first one in years, not hours as is the case today.

    As far as the Helicopter goes, they are training don’t you get it? They will be as well trained in the Air Unit as the rest of the RCIP……..see the great results that has had?

  4. Anonymous says:

    Police are busy enough investigating murders and drugs and firearm matters, these robbers are clearly taking advantage of the police being distracted with other matters which leads me to notice that the authorities are having difficulty coping with the crime spree due to lack of manpower.   What I want to know is where is the teamwork with Immigration Enforcement  and Marine Enforcement these days?  The police have their hands full that much we can all see but we have not heard much about our other authorities who help police these islands.  Cayman has a limited number of officers available to work and limited resources to tackle the worse crime. In the meantime, there are many men hanging around certain parts of town in the middle of the day with apparently nothing to do but intimidate those who have to walk through town going about their business. Immigration enforcement need to be out in full force walking the streets like they used to, approaching these individuals and asking to see work permit/idenity cards to weed out the ones that have been here illegally since after Ivan.  Their presence in town will also be re-assuring to the law abiding public to see more uniformed officials out while the police are dealing with the terrible things that are happening to this lovely island.  Likewise are the marine authorities stopping the fishing boats heading back into Cayman waters from out at sea to be sure they have authority to be in Cayman waters and that its really fish they were catching out there?  I know they can’t police all the channels but every little bit counts, especially out on the remote sides of the Islands.  It does seem though that we don’t have anywhere near the resources to do the comprehensive coast guard duties that need to be done.  Do we even have radar to pick up the boats coming into Cayman waters illegally?   Lets face it, desperate people with no job, no money and no ability to get a job due to illegal immigration status do desperate things to survive like join gangs, run drugs and guns and steal and generally become part of the criminal underground, it happens in every single country in the world.  I understand that in places like Bermuda people are routinely approached randomly and asked by authorities to show identity cards, it is an accepted part of life there and I don’t hear anyone saying lately that Bermuda has gone to the dogs.  It is law in Cayman that you must have a work pemit card or other proof of your status on the island, whether a visitor stamp in your passport, or a work permit card, evidence of PR or Cayman Status and no one should take offence to being asked to show this form of identity.  Living here is not a right until PR or Status is granted and that is just the way it goes.  It would help police to get some of these individuals off the streets (or the seas) the easy way, by shipping them home due to immigration violations rather than waiting for them to shoot, steal, rape or murder.   The local criminals have to get their drugs, guns and ammunition from off island as we do not exactly have a burgeoning cocaine production industry nor an ammunitions manufacturing plant.  Some of those in the underground are much better positioned to link the locals to the suppliers and due to their lack of immigration status they need to lay low at all times.  We need all hands on deck, that much is certain as things are continually getting worse. Its not going to be possible to increase the numbers in the forces, after all who would want to be a police or enforcement officer these days? Low pay, low morale, rising violent crime?   The UK should be sending us funds and senior officials to bolster the effectiveness of crime fighting operations, not to balance our budget because if crime keeps rising there will be no budget to balance.


  5. Colonel Sanders says:

    Beware criminals, you have officially crossed the line, KFC is a beloved national treasure.  Kidnapping and murder is one thing, but to violate the sacred ground of colonel sanders is going to far.  The government will now be forced to take serious action as the caymanian people depend on tender juicy fried chicken for survival. 

  6. Expat says:

    You know … when I was a kid we heard about these things happening in Jamaica … and just knew that they would never happen in Cayman!

  7. Anonymous says:

    To the Police Commissioner

    Please get your cops doing what they are paid to do and stop riding around in cruisers wasting gas and also to the cops who stand on street corners checking licence coupons.  This is serious stuff and requires serious policing.  You know who they are but always cry for the public to help.  Maybe you will get more help if you actually do some policing!

    Oh and how the heck exactly has this police helicopter helped so far?

  8. Anonymous says:

    So it looks like it is unsafe to visit any restaurant or other business establishment west of Shedden Road. Does that just about sum things up?

    Some of my favorite restaurants and shops are in West Bay but my family is certainly not going to visit any of them until this crime is brought under control and the area is free of violent crime for a few months.

    I am very surprised that the residents and business owners in the areas worst affected are not putting pressure on their MLAs to get these criminals off our streets. What is required to get the government into action. Does something have to happen where some politician has an investment or business interest?

  9. Anonymous says:

    A couple of days ago I was going out to dinner with some friends. We talked about where we might go. No longer was the discussion about whether to go for seafood or something else. Now the first guideline agreed was – somewhere we are least likely to get shot. I am Caymanian and the violent crime which is destroying my country must be brought under control. 

    This terrible situation has come about as the result of inaction by many over the years. Even now we see that our elected government refuses to do anything to get these violent criminals off our streets and keep them off our streets.  

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  11. TennisAce says:

     I think these criminals are trying to find funds to finance the defence of whomever is now behind bars.  The RCIPs needs to start freezing the funds of these criminals because I cannot understand if they do not have jobs etc who is paying for all these high priced attorneys seeing as we do not have any money in the Legal Aid fund to assist women who are being abused by worthless men. 

  12. Anonymous says:

    This is such a shame we need to pray for this Islands…..

  13. Anonymous says:

    … and still our elected government insists on pampering the criminals and refuses to bring in any new laws to discourage violent crime.  Is the criminal voting block that big or are the politicians benefiting in some other way?

  14. Anonymous says:

    Enough already!  And our Premiere wants to bring more residents to the island, its apparent the enforcement resources we have now can barely keep up with the increased crime wave.  When we have more people on the island we are going to need more police, more roads, more schools, which in turn will cost the country more debt.

    Please stop this vicious cycle, we are bursting at the seams now, there is no need to continue expanding, be happy with what we have now and build on structuring it the right way! Get the unemployed working, educate the youth so they will be able to fill the job vacancies and not turn tocrime.  

    I’m sure the revenue earned from the permit fees will not cover the social or econmic problems we will have in the future if we continue this rapid growth!

    Get a handle on the crime before it cripples our tourism market, and causes more social anxiety among the community. Innocent people are being  robbed, kidnapped, shot and murdered and we simply can’t get past looking for the next dollar!. All the money in the world won’t help us if there is social unrest!

    • Anonymous says:

      The Premier was looking to make it easier for companies to employ senior professionals on work permits. Whichever way you look at it in your warped little world, it is not the expat professionals that are shooting, robbing and raping every day. They are busy at work earning money for their employers to make enough profit to pay government fees and taxes to support the lazy culture of the locals. It is the locals that are committing the crimes. Some uneducated people think that bringing in more expat fund managers and senior professionals is driving more people into crime but this is clearly horse shoot.

      There are no qualified Caymanians for the roles required hence why they need to bring in more qualified people. It is not taking anybody’s jobs away as nobody would have had them in the first place. It is creating new jobs for foreign workers yes, but they stimulate the local economy by buying goods and services and renting your properties, the increased business creates many professional and middle management positions for Caymanians. Those that embrace this do very very well.

      The scum bags on the streets committing the crimes were never going to be doing these jobs. they were simply not qualified to do the high paying jobs they want ( a school,leavers certificate is NOT an adequate qualification for a senior finance position), and they refuse to do the lower paid or menial work, so they turn to crime.

      This is the result of years of bad parenting and greedy parents instilling a feeling of entitlement in the youth.

      Making the process of obtaining work permits for senior staff will help retain the businesses leaving the island and taking the caymanian jobs with them.

      Try engaging your remaining few brain cells before commenting. 

  15. Anonymous says:

    "armed men took cash from the Kentucky Fried Chicken in West Bay "

    and no chicken!!!

    crazy tieves !!!

  16. Around & Around We Go..... says:

    Well let’s face it we are all gone to hell in a hand basket… it’s like ohh another armed robbery ok cool yea that nothing new!!!  This is why I am moving my family out of this place. The crime is every where but when it is so rampant on a small island like this it’s worse than living in a big city. At least in other big countries you know what area to avoid. In Cayman how do you avoid going to Town or even West Bay road if every thing is so connected??? I love this place but it kills me to keep seeing the head lines read “Armed Robbery” or “Another Gang Related Crime” and now “Man Kidnapped”.

  17. Anonymous says:

    " Nobody was hurt"

    In this latest spate of robberies and shootings one day an innocent person is going to get seriously injured.  If these guns usedin the robberies were loaded (nobody knows whether they are or not) all it takes is for someone to be the "brave hero" and apprehend them and through panic a shot will be fired.

    Also aving a gun pointed at you isn’t something a person gets over, especially if you come from an environment where guns are not the "norm".  I know it would freak me out big time and probably have nightmares for months.  So perhaps nobody was physically injured but I am sure it would have lasting consequences to the innocent party involved.