Truck used to smash & grab

| 19/07/2010

(CNS): Update 10:15am Monday: Police said Monday morning that an 18-year-old man has been arrested and is in police custody following an early morning “ramraid” at a George Town store yesterday. About 4.20am on Sunday 18 July, a white truck crashed into the door of Boosie Store in Mary Street, George Town. Two men jumped from the truck and grabbed the cash register from the store, and afterwards ran off towards Rock Hole. Police say that officers immediately attended and conducted a search in the area. As a result of the search an 18-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of burglary and is currently in police custody.  (Photo by Dennie Warren Jr)

The second man involved in the incident has not yet been traced.

The suspects were described as having white t-shirts covering their faces and dressed in black clothing. Detective Constable Colin Pryce is appealing for anyone who may have any information about the crime to contact George Town CID on 949-4222 or the confidential Crime Stoppers number 800-8477(TIPS).

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  1. Right ya so says:

    You all missed my point completely!

    It’s not about robbing the ‘big man’ or the about the ‘little man’   it’s now a fact of life that criminals are running amok in Cayman and are not going to stop anytime soon – but for God’s sake don’t rob peoplelike Solomon’s or Uncle Clem’s that barely eke out a living, probably can’t afford to have insurance on their property or goods never mind having the money to fix their shop!

    These shopowners help out people in their neighbourhoods by giving them groceries on loan until payday & that’s not a case of budgeting it’s a case of being paid below minimum wage!

    That is my point – I’m not advocating robbery of any sort, nor big man or little man, or a sense of entitlement, or a third world mentality but at least leave the people alone who already have so very, very little….

  2. Anonymous says:

     I would like to add that our founding fathers were very poor and they didn’t rob.  They worked very hard putting their lives on the line at sea to build Cayman to what it is today.  

    Their grand children is destroying all that they have worked for.  How sad.  Unfortunately, in a way it is their fault in that because they didn’t have, they wanted their children to have a better life so they spoiled them.  Listen mothers, if you be a servant to your boys instead of training them in the proper way, pick up your clothes, make your bed, and other chore,  they will have a sense of entitlement.


  3. Anonymous says:

    Another day in Absurdistan.

  4. Anonymous says:

    8:22 – That was a very good article, I do hope that others will be inclined to see it your way.

    7:03 – Is your article base on facts or assumptions?  As in my opinion, chances are, if one should make a visit to these so-called thugs, families and baby mothers, to ask if they are contributing to their "homes", the possibilities exist that we would receive a resounding "NO".

    Looking from the outside in, it is my opinion, that these so-called thugs are only thinking about themselves, and how they can live up to the so-called lime light and culture, cause guess what, "Man have fi dress, fi impress" total bull.

    The downturn in the economy is only an excuse for them to continue to carry out these morbid actions against society.  They are just lazy, and do not wish to work, as if they are not getting jobs that pays them a big whack, then they do not want to do anything else, that to them is considered dimeaning to their character.

    But hello, news flash, robbing people is considered dimeaning, wake up call here.  Working for an honest bread is never considered demeaning.  Wake up Cayman, wake up to a new dawning.

    It is time for each and every one of us to take a look in the mirror, and consider just howwe can make a change to society, to our beloved Island.  Lets start educating each other, as no one is too old to learn.  Remember that life is not about how we can impress, but rather about giving back to our community and country and preparing for a better tomorrow.

    And Cayman, please let us give the Police Officers a break, because if the truth be told, we would be the first ones to clam up, if we witness a crime, and they come to us for information.  Notice that I am not pointing any fingers here, as I have come to accept the fact, that I should never say never.

    Have yourselves a God Blessed Day, and keep on praying for the Cayman Islands.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I am sick and tired of hearing people lament about how is poor people committing these crimes because they have no other option… that is a sad and pathetic excuse and it won’t wash with me.  I am sorry but the pictures I have seen published in the press of these criminals when they are caught or going to court, etc. show these people dressed in expensive jewelry; designer clothes and sneakers, and driving souped-up cars way more than this law-abiding working girl can ever afford to buy.  In fact, I don’t have a car (can’t afford one) and quite often after paying rent and utlities can’t afford to put food on my table but I do without rather than stoop to theft and/or robbery.

    Perhaps if people started living within their means rather than beyond them, they would understand what it means to really be poor.  I cannot accept that these people are stealing because they cannot afford to eat or live if they live a lifestyle that many of us could not possibly afford.

    Its time people stopped looking to justify these crimes and started taking a more realistic and intolerant attitude towards it.

    • Anonymous says:

      I agree with the post above. There is always a way to get by even if you have to go to the local church or shelter. You never have to rob. Crime is for cowards, punks and weak people who can’t think for themselves and must follow their crew. Bottom line. Crime is disrespect against oneself and those they commit the crime against, but they aren;t bright enough to realize that or one hasn’t pointed that out to them.

      One can find plenty of jobs in Cayman. Pump gas, sell coconuts, work at BK, or any other fast food , landscaping, beach crew, painting, just to name a few. Really now….any amount of money helps to pay the bills. Plus working gives you self-respect.



    • Anonymous says:

      I agree with you 100% @11:07

      Why is it that if I want something but can’t afford it, I have to work, save up or go without it but its ok for other people to take what someone else has worked for all in the name of so called poverty.

      These people are a scurge on our society and they should be named and shamed.  I recall years ago people were appalled that in certain middle eastern countries people who stole got their hands cut off.  I guess its not so appalling now is it?

  6. PaperCaymanian says:

    As usual the window,door and wall damage probably cost more than the goods stolen.Why is it that the criminals know what to do when the lights go out but the police do not? When the burglar bars get common it is past time to move.

  7. Anonymous says:

    LMAO.. Ahh boi.. "Rob one of the bigger places" they say. *smh*

    Lord have mercy on the small-minded, in Jesus name AMEN!

  8. whodatis says:

    I believe the majority of us are not fully appreciating just how much our society has changed over the past 5-6 decades.

    My mother used to enjoy ice as a special treat on Sundays and would be so elated on Christmas day as she unwrapped her little hair ribbon … a hair ribbon folks.

    Fast forward three decades and many of her peers (not her! Lol) were giving their children brand new Honda Accords as Christmas presents

    I grew up in a time where such incidents as the one above (news item) as well as the many recent others, were a non-issue. Murders were so rare that within hours every one knew who got killed, by whom and for what reason. Nowadays, someone gets shot and that is often as far as the marlroad news goes – "Somebody got shot again last night."

    Our society is rapidly changing in real time right before our eyes and I for one actually consider it a fascinating reality. I agree with those that say greater action needs to be taken by the relevant powers to battle the criminal element within this tiny country, however, I do also believe that our story would make for an excellent and interesting documentary.

    Our unique factors such as the immigration boom, the turbulent nature of our local economy as of late, over-indulged youth, the suggestion of a failing education system, the recent crime spike … all of these things obviously combine for a very worrying set of circumstances.

    The Cayman Islands has lived through a recent history not commonly experienced by other nations of people. I only wish it could be thoroughly analyzed, discussed, examined and presented, if for no other reason, to serve as a bit of enlightenment in regards to national planning and such.

  9. Mcruff says:

    What happen to unnnah, criminals are not stupid you know, they trouble the wealthy and the Law enforcement hammer will be exercised against them with extreme prejudice. You know how it goes the weak and the poor cannot afford such options in this society. Hows that Dennie!

    • Anonymous says:

      They trouble the wealthy?  So why they picking on poor Brucey?  So sorry to hear about this – terrible news.  And the audacity of the criminals carrying out this crime in bare daylight.

  10. Anonymous says:

    This is an awful thing to have happened, as is any crime,  and we have to realise that it is a symptom of the disintegration of the Caymanian society as we have known it. As more people become unemployed (including both locals and those here on work permits whose employers arbitrarily let them go to find other employment on their own) we will likely see much more of this unfortunate type of incident taking place. Desperate people who have kids to feed will do desperate and sometimes terrible things. I think it is time for the government to look indepth at what is happening to this society and put in place the necessary measures to correct it. This is fast becoming a society of the "haves and have nots".

  11. Anonymous says:

    Jus look for the truck with spam stuck in the front grill.

    At least the mixing up thr robbery tyles..keeping it interesting :-0

  12. Anonymous says:

    These robbers have no heart.  I went by there this evening to see Security Guards on the property.  Imagine a store like that with Security Guards.  The owners of this store are such nice people and these robbers do not understand the repercussions. 

    Now these people have to spend thousands on Security to guard the property until they can fix the hole in the building and the cost of fixing the place is not going to come at an easy dollar.

    These criminals need to realize that hurting the little businesses are going to affect them in the long run.  So sad.

  13. Dennie Warren Jr. says:

    I hope you have regretted making that statement by now, because you should.  Think about it!

    • Marl Rhodes says:

      Surely this now supports your case in favour of allowing storekeepers to maintain anti-tank weaponry to defend their stocks of canned goods from theft. 

      • Dennie Warren Jr. says:

        Clearly the meaning of the term “firearm” is not understood by you, or you’re careless with the facts, because the term “firearm” does not include “anti-tank weaponry”.  Did you know that not all guns are firearms, but all firearms are guns?

        Nevertheless, I guess you’ll be now asking for a ban on trucks, or cars, or whatever else was misused by the criminals.  I’m thankful most law-abiding people believe in our right of lawful self defense.

        • Legal Beagle says:

          Shame your concept of self-defence is a work of legal fiction.  John Grisham would be proud of you.

          • Dennie Warren Jr. says:

            Lord Parker CJ in Chisam (1963) 47 Cr App Rep 130 said: "…. where a forcible and violent felony is attempted upon the person of another, the party assaulted, or his servant, or any other person present, is entitled to repel force by force, and, if necessary, to kill the aggressor …."

  14. Right ya so says:

    I know none of us can afford to be (or want to be!) robbed but if you must rob somewhere rob one of the bigger places that in all likelihood have insurance – not somewhere like Solomon’s or Uncle Clem’s!


    • genetic mutation says:

      this has to be one of the most stupid posts ever. rob the big ‘man’ – because that aint so bad.

      thanks for summing up the third world attitude that exists here.

    • Anonymous says:

      These ungrateful thugs could be the same ones in George Town Central, rock hole and surrounding areas. This is a trying Caymanian who is very kind and considerate to both custumers and non-customers. These fellows don’t know what they want in life.I hope they are caught and punished to the full length of the Law

      • Anonymous says:

        Excuse me, "Anonymous on Sun, 07/18/2010 – 22:37"


        Your statement as to who you feel the robbers could be is very predjudiced!! For all you know if you be sum foo-foo westbayers, drunken bodden towners, or simple east end/northside folk.  Your statement is quite offensive to those who are from those areas! Wait for the evidence to show up before you start callin out persons from any area!

        • Anonymous says:


          Excuse me, "Anonymous on Sun,

          You are as bad as the blogger you are critcizing because you are also calling names and rediculing other districts. People in these districts are no worse than you!! So please do not brand others with your stupid remarks!!!!  Every district has the good and bad!!!!

        • Anya Solomon says:

          you seem equally as prejudiced, by labelling the disctricts, saying things like "foo-foo west bayers and drunken bodden towners" etc.,  as I can appreciate the point you are trying to make, however, I felt your comment was just as degrading as the one you are refuting. 

  15. Anonymous says:

    this is news? this kind of thing happens every week now man,