Late-night food store robbed

| 20/05/2010

(CNS): Police have not yet confirmed the details of an armed robbery which took place at the Food 4 Less store by Foster’s Airport at around 9:30 last night (Wednesday 19 May). Although no one was hurt, sources told CNS that the robbers who got away with an undisclosed sum of cash did fire bullets in the store as they fled the scene of the crime.  Three members of staff were reportedly in the store at the time the gun men entered with what witnesses told News 27 appeared to be a modified flare gun. According to reports on the television station’s website, police have recovered a weapon and possible bullet fragments from the scene. (Photo by Dennie Warren Jr)

Part of the same group of companies, the Reflections Liquor 4 Less store at the intersection of Eastern Avenue and Shedden Road in George Town was broken into on Monday night (17 May).
The incident is the second crime in the last few days involving a firearm which comes in the middle of the RCIPS gun amnesty. On Monday night a 50-year-old man was shot on his doorstep by an unknown gunman at his home in George Town.
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  1. Tony Montana says:

    Is it just me or has anyone thought that these guys may be here on vacation?  Hit a few places then go back home.  Then come back in a few months to hit a few more places and go back home.  Its easy money in Cayman compared to other places in the caribbean where the cops or store owners might shoot them.

    • Anonymouse says:

      Whilst I hear what you say, my answer is no – I don’t think they might be here on vacation.  I think they live here and can see how easy it is, and how very few seem to get caught or even if they do, suffer repercussions for their actions.  Hence, they feel they can get away with it – and that often does prove to be the case.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yeah, it’s just you. The guys that are being arrested for these crimes are statistically local. Hard pill to swallow, but we can’t progress if we continue to make excuses and deny the truth. Let’s face it and deal with it.

  2. anonymous says:


  3. 100% Caymanian says:


    I would like to share my opinion on the above mentioned, a law should have been put in place right away once this option came available.

    Anything after the deadline and a person is caught with an unlicensed firearm he, she or whomever it maybe. The sentence automatically should be life in prison without parol.

    That’s my suggestion, so I asked you please leaders of our country to look into the matter seriously and have this law changed. If not sooner or later we are going to be worst off than some of those third world countries out there.


    • Anonymous says:

      If the criminals are continually released from Prison, what else is expected other than more armed robberies or even worse!

    • Dennie Warren Jr. says:

      For those who argue that no matter the reason why someone is “found” with a firearm in their possession, the person should go to prison for life, you should consider the following.  Imagine your law abiding child is driving down the road at 7:00AM one day and decides to give a hitch hiker a ride to work.  Done!

      Now at 6:30PM the same day, the police stop your child, at a check point, because they have received a tip that s/he had been seen with a gun.  The police search your child’s car and find a Glock 17 (9mm), fully loaded.  Your child immediately proclaims that it must have been the hitch hiker s/he dropped off near XYZ this morning who left it in his or her car.  So the police go to YXZ seeking an opportunity to ID the hitch hiker, but after screening every worker, the hitch hiker is nowhere to be seen.  Your child is charged with unlawful possession of a firearm.

      What say you?

      • Wow! says:

        I say you are a well known apologist for the proliferation of gun possession and use on these islands. 

        The hitch-hiker defence is a variation well known lie for people caught with drugs and other illegal items.  The mysterious hitch-hiker who happened to leave a very valuable weapon in the car – cock and bull story if I every heard one.  Well sorry, but that child must be sacrificed for the greater good so that the gun users are not able to lie their way out.

        However a mandatory life sentence is not legal, there must remain an element of judicial discretion and if these facts could be established to the sentencing judge then possible a few years sentence might be appropriate.

        • Dennie Warren Jr. says:

          In other words, you would rather innocent people go to prison and their lives totally destroyed, rather than spend your energy educating people about the importance of living a good and lawful lifestyle…?  Because after all, a lifeless object must be responsible for the unlawful things humans do to each other.

          The key to a better future is education my friend, not illogical actions.  Firearms do not think, feel, rob or hate a person; people do those things to each other.

          Should the gang members be imprisoned for life if s/he is found in possession of a car, because s/hecould use it to run over another person?  Where does this illogical think stop?  We instead need to educate and encourage people to tell that police what they know.

          In the Cayman Islands, a person can be in unlawful possession of a firearm by a voluntary act and go to jail and rightly so, but to advocate that unlawful possession of a firearm by an involuntarily act totally unacceptable.  A hitch hiker leaving it in your car, your land lord leaving it in your apartment, one of your employees leaving it inside your place of business, or inside your own car…, a TSA officer putting it into your bag as you traveling back to the Cayman Islands…  Education is the key…

          And, yes, I do support lawful firearm ownership, because it makes sense to do so.

      • pauly cicero says:

        The very reason I don’t pick up hitchhikers.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Who robs a store and leaves their gun behind?

    • Anonymous says:

      I’m not a lawyer, nor do I play one on TV, but I believe there is something in the law where they quote "precident".

      Recently several people in at least two cases were acquitted because their DNA on guns was not enough to prove possession. I believe you can leave your guns after any crime now and not have to worry about it. Heck, Ruby could take his guns to town and nobody would be able to prove that they were his.

  5. Pro Caymanian says:

    Dont be in such a hurry to blame our Caymanians. What about the WP holders that are here and NOT WORKING????

    You can see them every day (all day long) on street corners playing dominoes, hanging out XXXX. GET THEM OFF MY ISLAND, and charge those that are responsible for their work permits!!!

    We dont need any help of getting a BAD NAME!!!



    • Anon says:

      AMEN! Agree with you 101%!!!

    • Anonymous says:

      Those "work permit" holders permits are being held by CAYMANIANS who know they do not have the necessary work for these individuals! So at the end of the day the blame will still fall squarely on the shoulders of OUR Caymanians!!!

      We need to start acknowledging that the problems we are experiencing today are OUR problems and not "their" problems. We need to start being accountable and stop passing the buck. Only after we acknowledge a problem can we put in the necessary steps to correct them.

      • Anonymouse says:

        Absolutely true – I know plenty plenty Caymanians each with several staff on work permits – but they don’t directly employ any of them – their ‘workers’ (for want of a better description) are free to do what they want once the permit has been obtained – this is a disgusting abuse of the work permit system and you’re not trying to tell me that Immigration is not aware of it – I have even seen some of those permits granted without the applicants providing any medical or pension information in the relevant section (which is a requirement).  If Immigration are doing their jobs properly – how can this occur?

        • Anonymous says:

          Immigration doing their jobs — that’s an oxymoron.

          On Sunday as I left for a trip offisland — one staff member had her laptop out and was looking at Facebook whilst trying to process airline passengers.


    • Beachboi says:

      It is because of ignorant Caymanians like you that McBush has driven this country to the brink of "third world" status.  You had better pull your head out and take a good look around.  If it were not for expats this island would still have dirt roads and thatch roofs.  Okay so that is drastic, but it is Caymanians like you that make me almost shameful to say that I am one.  If you want the old ways and old days then jump on a plane and fly to the south pacific where you can live on crab, sprats, turtle, breadfruit and casava! 

      Do you not realize that everyday the "true Caymanian" bloodline is being diminished by Caymanians breeding with expats.  Are you against that too? 

      I cant say anymore because I just realized that my words are wasted on such ignorance.

    • Anonymous says:

      Of course none of us Caymanians want to believe that some of our own are committing these crimes, but the truth is always hard to swallow.

      Take a look at an article published by the Caymanian Compass yesterday…
      "According that data – again obtained under an open records request – showed that 80 per cent of all men being held at Northward were Caymanian, and that 89 per cent of those who had been convicted of violent crimes were Caymanian. "
      Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not making excuses for work permit holders or any non-Caymanian who commits a crime; but neither am I going to make excuses for Caymanians who are committing crimes just because they’re Caymanian. What’s wrong is wrong, no matter who did it.
      Whatever happened to the good ole’ saying "if you can’t hear, you gon’ feel!?" I surely got a couple hits with a tamarind switch from my grandmother growing up. No Behavior!
      • Ex Pat says:

        Every time I see a comment like this, I feel the need to point that ex pats tend to be deported back to their country of original after being convicted of a criminal offence.  Hence it is to be expected that the majority of the prison population would be Cayman nationals.

        • Anonymous says:

          Actually foreigners convicted of crimes do their time in prison and then get deposrted unless it is a minor offence.

          So your comment is idiotic to say the least.

          • Anonymous says:

            Ohhh you’re so harsh 14:54 and so factually wrong with your response too… ah well!

    • Anonymous says:

      gotta agree with the ‘bad name’ comment 

  6. There is more guns on this island than we think., not all come by slipping in through cargo, I dare say that all these big boatsthat go out to sea, fishing, pleasure, etc, should be checked when they return, why?  sit on the beach with a pair of binoculars and watch,  some boats get close together for a few minutes and boom they speed up and leave. How about these fishing boats from hondorus, I have heard say that they also run weapons in here.

    The culprts are here and we as citizens  need to keep an eye on what is going on around us, report suspicius behaviour.

    • Anonymous says:

      Now you have the bull by the horn , its not only Jamaica that the guns are coming in from alot of these boats are also coming from Honduras. Now Miss Julie wants to bring in more workers from there also, God Almighty help us.

  7. Anonymous says:

    It seems that the gunmen understand that with the Premier being away so much of the time that there is no risk to the gunmen of the government passing new legislation to get tough on gun crime. Anyone else wonder why it is that the government refuses to do anything – other than their vacation priorities of course? 

  8. Anonymous says:

    Hmmm… is it me or does it seem that things quieted down when the RCIP scooped up those guys a month ago. Now that they’re back out, here we go again!

    • Anonymous says:

       Thank God somebody realize that, instead of blaming ‘ex pats’ (Jamaicans)

      It’s good to know that some of us are thinking instead of talking ‘BULLS"

  9. what amess says:

     it’s happening again. The crime is picking back up where it left off….

    God help us.

    • Pending says:

      And once again, nothing will be done until 5, 6, 7 people have been shot dead and the Premier will be lost for words or not even around to address the situation….

      Or maybe he will call on everyone to pray on the steps of the LA Building like last time…what a solution