Burglar takes less than minute to grab loot

| 05/08/2010

(CNS): A young burglar was in and out of Funky Tangs electronic store with cash and video games in the early hours of Wednesday morning in under a minute. At around 3am the speedy burglar  broke the back door, made his way through the burglar bars into the office and the store before leaving the premises with the loot – all within 50 seconds. News 27 reports that police searched the area but have not made any arrests in the case yet. The burglar is caught on camera, however, as Funky Tangs has video security on the premises as well as an alarm and a number of other security measures. Despite the shop owner’s efforts, it was not enough to prevent this break-in, though the manager says they will be upgrading the back door to one that is even stronger.

Mark Watler, the store manager, is asking anyone who recognises the burglar to contact Funky Tangs or the police.
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  1. Anonymous says:

    Sorry but I have to respond to the reader who said this is one of the most beautiful countries in the world.  as much as I love the ocean that surrounds our beloved islands its not one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Where are the forests, lakes, rivers, and the mountains which are the most beautiful parts of many countries. Cayman is flat, lacks those I mentioned above and has lots of swampy type areas.

    • Khan Dhu says:

      Actually most of it is quite ugly.

      • Joe Average says:

        PEOPLE are what makes a country beautiful.  I’ve seen lots of countries with lakes, mountains, waterfalls, and ugly people.

    • Anonymous says:

      I take it you are not living here in Cayman enjoying the tax-free benefits and high salary, away from your home.  Where are you from BTW?

    • more veggies please says:

      Opinions are like armpits, buddy. Who are you to say what someone else finds beautiful? You can’t! It is a subjective matter. 

  2. Anonymous says:

    No high paying jobs are available for students who just graduate from high school – there are NO low paying jobs either – look around, all the low income positions are currently filled and NOT by Caymanians.   So you tell me what other options do the youth of Cayman have to earn an honest living in order to survive in this extremely "high cost of living place" we call home?  Stealing is definately not the answer but what is the local businesses and Government doing about the situation?  Are we really molding our youth to be the leaders of this Country tomorrow?  What are we doing besides spoiling our children and working 24/7 just to make ends meet here in this "high cost of living place" we call home!!!

    • Constance says:

      It aint about high payed jobs.

      Everybody running round with too much pride. Cut down your cost of living! Instead of going to get that car loan fo save up and buy a lil Honda civic! Everybody wanna run round living big..things cant work so.

      Then noww nobody dnt wanna work Wendys or Burger King..soo yes the expats fill up those posts..and Caymanians looking office jobs..because I guess that makes um feel large.

      In this time, take what you can get.

    • Anonymous says:

      What are you talkin about? What other options?  Get some training in Wendy’s, Burger King, Popeye’s,….and the list goes on….hundreds of bars!!!! Oh, that’s for ‘lowly’ expats who can put a smile on their face and be pleasant, helpful and courteous, not ‘superior’ Caymanian youth who DON’T WANT TO, that’s why!!!  Wakey, wakey!!!!

      • Anonymous says:

        Just how many hotels are there with rooms to clean and food to serve? How many restaurants and bars on the 7MB strip? Gas stations to pump gas? How many people or facilities need landscaping service? What about babysitting jobs/nanny positions? How many banks and churches that could use cleaning services or entry positions filled? How many car rental places could hire cleaners? All those beach jobs???? Painters???? What about the little shops??? Gosh, when I was just out of high school I was out pounding the pavement and being a bit creative looking for work!

    • Anonymous says:

       Surely you have not visited other countries where poverty is serious for real and there are no jobs regardless if you are skilled or not.

      The low income positions are filled with expats because there are not young caymanians, graduated or not, that wants to take them

      I do not believe for one second that a caymanian person willing to show up to work will not find a job here. That is simply not true. That you may not be able to find the job you desire  with the salary expectations you want, that is a different story. A caymanian that wants to work will find a decent job if he/she really tries. Financial crisis is not a excuse for crime. This country does not know yet what a crisis really is.  Now if want you mean for "crisis" is not to be able to afford a car, the new video game, the last trendi tennis shoes and clothing, then they do have a problem.

      It is not all up to the government or businesses. It is up to the individual. It is not difficult to find a job here, any job. If you just show up on time every day you are already ahead of many. The only thing you got to do after that is put a minimum effort to complete your tasks day in and day out and again you will be the employee of the month. That simple!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Was the store a CASH & CARRY type?

  4. Anonymous says:


    To: Submitted by JOBS?? (not verified) on Fri, 08/06/2010 – 06:30.
           Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 08/05/2010 – 15:53.
    Did my post state in any way that these PEOPLE should STEAL instead of WORKING?? 
    No, I simply asked are there any jobs readily available, if there are jobs why are there so many registered at Employment Relations as Unemployed? 
    I do not in anyway make excuses for these individuals, because there is always a better way to obtain anything that you need or want, without breaking the law. 
    But the reality is there is a large percentage of the population which are currently unemployed and are not registered with the Employment Relations Dept therefore an approximate number is unknown as far as the real amount of unemployed, there are individuals who will seek a days’ work and can not get much more than that for the week, we all someone or a family who is struggling to make ends meet. 
    What happens when the students of the John Gray High, Triple C, Cayman Prep & High, St. Ignatius, Grace Christian Academy, Cayman International, Wesleyan Christian Academy, Truth for Youth Schools graduate, where will these fine young people find jobs?  When most advertised jobs seek 2-5 years experience! They are just out of school with no experience and Burger King, KFC, Wendy’s, Foster’s & Hurley’s or Esso On the Run etc, are the first jobs that most of these Children will actually get a chance at employment through.
    There are adults and school leavers now competing for jobs in a job market that is shrinking because of our poor local economy.
    You speak of willingness! Are you in a position to offer a person who is desperately seeking employment a job? I bet not!
    Then please, please remember today you and I may be employed but tomorrow we may be sitting where they are.  
  5. Anonymous says:

    Don’t worry about those "thumbs down" Constance, Beula & Kiveh…That’s just that guys relatives ganging up on you. It’s what Cayman gets when McKeeva sells status for votes and doing favors. Do you ever wonder why immigration doesn’t have personal interviews with people they are giving status too or their relatives they are trying to bring in? You wouldn’t hire someone without an interview. If you have a guy sitting in front of you with his pants down around his knees, 10 lbs of Gold and no Job it’s easy to tell if he has any ambition or not. Even then if they turn out to be a bad apple you can get rid of them before they drag the company down. That’s why immigration has to be even more diligent because once someone becomes a citizen then you can’t get rid of themunless they get shot trying to break into someones house or wrap themselves around a telephone pole. I’m not talking about Salt of the Earth I’m talking about people that come here becuase now they have relatives here and it’s easier for them to get in to Cayman than Miami. To these kids coming in on the backs of status grants doing these crimes, most likely your parents worked here for years breaking their backs sending money to wherever,  broken hearted becuase they saw you almost never. This is how you pay them back? To the Kids who have lineage here doing these crimes, the Born Ya’s….you are nothing like your ancestors. They didn’t complain, they got on with it. You feel like you’ve been shorted? Grow up, you can pass or fail an the only one you can blame if you fall short is yourself. You want all the "stuff" work your tail of from the ground up day in and day out. An Exhaust kit for your car isn’t where its at…it’s earning the respect of people that know a lot more than you. People that can help you but your too busy being stupid. Earings are for girls by the way and pull up your pants.

    • Anonymous says:


      Anonymous Sender,

      I partially agree with what you are saying. I do belive that some of the youth does not have ambition… but you cant blame it on McKeeva’s status grants. I find this to be quite ignorant. How can anyone say that all of the crime is because of McKeeva’s staus grants!? Yes, McKeeva may have given them out before… but that was then… NOT NOW. Dont get me wrong now, there are many out there that do not have ambition and dont want to find a job… but people need to come to their senses and realize that there is young and old who are the same way. Like someone said perviously, this kid could have well been Caymanian as well as he could have been another nationality. Blaming it on the nationality isn’t going to solve anything and will only cause animosity. Another point where you are wrong is that the PR and Status Board DOES do interviews with the people they are giving status to. They don’t only interview the person but they also interview the spouse, employer etc. So I kindly ask that you speak what you know before you jump to such a conclusion.

  6. Anonymous says:

    50 seconds? The government should hire the kid as an efficiency consultant. Efficiency is something that the government needs desperately.

  7. Kiveh says:

    Now… Bue Bue I am not saying that our young Caymanian people are not at fault! I know if I batted an eyelash the wrong way papa would have that tamrind switch on my backside faster than would could say miraculous miracles!

    These children may not have been brought up as good as we were back in the old days BUT that is no exuse for this behaviour! If you have the drive, the ambition and willingness to make something fo yourself you will! I know pleanty children out of west bay who grew up and made something of themselves! Lawyers, doctors, accountants… that is not for some people but there is no excuse to why they cannot be honest! Honesty is the best policy my grandfather used to say! These ones have a wery evil mentality and needa be broke of it before they take our country to the dogs!! They are supposed to be the future of this country not the ruination!  

    McKeeva is a good example of that himself! He grew up (and i quote!) "a poor little sugar head boy from West Bay" but he is now the leader of one of the most beautiful countries in the world! He may not be the leader everyone wants but one thing you can say about him is that he made something of himself!  

    Too many parents today are having children and not taking the right steps to bring them up to function in an honest society! BUT I will neva turn a blind eye to what level crime has esculated to! Those status grants were the going of this country, there needs to be some expats here but the ones who are here causin hollabaloo and chaos need to be sent back!! Not kept here to be a drain on the economy and create an influx on crime, influencing our young people! Like I said before we can deal with our own but if them otha ones are coming here to carry on and disrespect MY country I will happily set them afloat in a bathtub back to where they from.

    Yeah I’ll back yah up with that one Buela…

    Kiveh – brains behind the operation.





  8. noname says:

    Kiveh.. I understand where you are coming from and there is truth in what you say .. but still, you cant go ahead and assume that this burglar isnt caymanian…! these days its not looking like caymanians themselves have much respect for one another when it comes to certain things! so.. whey we goin send them back to?!

    the youth of cayman really needs some good mentoring.

  9. REBZ says:

    AMEN to that las paragraph u have there Beul-errr! 😀

    EVERYONE needs to start SOMEwhere!.. if you really want something, if you really need something, who is anyone to tell you you CANT get it.. or u CANT do it.

    its sad to hear the amount of young adults who finish high school and then literally do nothing more.. sitting at home doing nothing ALL day. Maybe one of those high paying jobs isnt available right now.. but why not get something for in the meantime, and work on looking out for that dream job for when it does become available.. its way better than doing nothing in my opinion.

    Plenty of kids in other countries start part time jobs from the time theyre real young! yes it may just be a fast food job, babysitting, newspaper delivering.. but for those of you who still have to ask mommyyy and daddyyy for money to go places or buy this n that.. wa u really sayin?? be curek ;]

    miraculous miracle needed indeed constance!


  10. Constance says:

    I just dont understand what is running thru the minds of this young generation. The influence that comes from the television and music is quite obsurd.

    but im sick of hearing all the talking about this and that! What are we as Caymanians gonna do about it?! Stop breaking down your fellow brethrin and lets get back to how we were!

    I dont give a turtle’s neck about PPM or UDP..

    I vote for PEACE!


  11. Anonymous says:

    Aren’t those surgical gloves that he is wearing?

    • Pauly Cicero says:

      Yeah, my boy ain’t playing. But he forgot his uniform. He was probably wearing those clothes all day and someone will identify him.

  12. Beulaaa says:

    Now now, How come every time something like this comes up everyone has to bring up McKeeva? McKeeva doesnt control everyone’s mind! This was this boys choice to go and break into Funky Tangs… Come on now.

     In my opinion, it all comes down to parenting. Please tell me if this teenager’s parents knew where he was at this time of the morning! Some of these CHILDREN need sombody to be afraid of! Doing something like this would not even cross my mind because I know that I would have a tamrind switch waiting on me when I got home! I wonder if anyone saw him in the area at this time of morning? I’m sure if they did they probably wouldnt say anything because of the fear in getting shot! Well… CONSTANCE! KIVEH! BACK ME UP NOW!

    They say it takes a village to raise a child… But I certainly dont believe that this is the case anymore. 

    Also, I dont want to hear any foolishness about jobs not being readily available. The problem with young Caymanians today is that they all want a bank job making $2,000.00 a month so that they can buy a nice car and buy nice clothes. Sorry to say, but in this day and age it isn’t that easy. I suggest some of them get some AMBITION and find another job! I dont see what is so wrong with working at Wendys, A computer store, a Gas station, in a Fosters as a cashier and etc. You have to work your way up from somewhere and sitting on your backside at home or robbing FUNKY TANGS is not gonna do the trick.



  13. Kiveh says:

    Finally we have some sense being talked in here!

    Do not be in fear Kiveh is here! Now Constance, Beulaaa you have hit the nail right on the head with this one!

    Thanks to the almighty Premier, we the Caymanian people are suffering the long term effects of his decisions! This rise in crime is a prime example of the damage that those status grants have caused our beloved country.

    Mckeeva wants to attract high end visitors and dredge out the North Sound to attract million dollar yachts to make this place the Monte Carlo of the Caribbean! Well my children! If he wants to do that he has to do somthing about these wowlahs runnin around stealing jesus’ own wompah strings!!!

    This place is soon going to run into the problem of having a HUGE divide between rich (that is if he can keep the rich ones here!)and poor with the cost of living. People who are here on work permits can’t get work are out stealing and are influencing OUR OWN young caymanians to do the same!  What we must remember is that the majority of wealthy people in Cayman are not from here, they have come from abroad and are investing in our economy! We have to do what it takes to keep them here and these junkanoos are ruining it for everyone! This is OUR country so respect it or GO back and steal from yah own we have enough to worry about!!!


    Kiveh for Premier!


    • Anonymous says:

      I love how the young Caymanian offenders are not at fault as the foreigners influence them to turn this way and probably even hold a gun to their head and make them commit offences….

      Such ignorance.

  14. Anonymous says:

    I agree with both Buela and Constance.

    The generation of today is to lazy to put the effort towards finding a job, but can easily go and rob the people who work hard long hours to make a living.

    And have you realized its mostly the foreigners doing the crimes or the young Caymanians mimicking them. Just look at the robber who got killed, McKeeva was the one who gave him status! Imagine how many other he gave status to that are like this.

    Some of the people McKeeva gave status to come here and dont respect us, they come to OUR island, but dont want to show any respect to OUR people.

    • Constance says:

      Aint it strange that crime began sky-high as soon as McKeeva was placed in the house?

      Tell me if everyone never noticed that one..

      God bless this island.

    • Anonymous says:

      Blaming it on people’s nationality is not going to help anything, but only cause more animosity.

      Its a waste of breath IMO and I think our efforts could go towards something much more beneficial in ending these petty crimes.

      • Anonymous says:

        Most people who have been in Cayman for a long time do not consider breaking into a pace of business at night with a crow bar a "petty crime". It was that attitude that allowed us to get into this mess in the first place.

        An element of Cayman’s crime is committed by persons who are not from here – and identifying and removing such persons is an important part of the solution.

        Take your head out of the sand for a moment and read the UK police blogspot on Cayman (linked elsewhere by CNS) and you will see that the police officers dealing with the issue blame a lot on certain forein nationals.  


    • da Bone says:

      The youg man killed had spend te mahority of his life in Cayman, and he had Caymanian relatives as well as status.

      He was a product of Cayman, a home grown criminal no matter how you spin it.

      Now look in a mirror and take some responsibility for once

      • Anonymous says:

        But he was acriminal in his youth, before he became Caymanian, and if the law had been fairly applied we would have been free of him before you could say he was home grown.  For a while he was a foreign national convicted of serious crimes. Do you really believe that the fact that his great great granddaddy may have been born in the Brac means that we should have to live with the consequences of himnot being deported when he should have been, as would have happened toany other foreigner doing what he did?

      • Anonymous says:

        If you know anything about Cuba you will know that that how they survive there stealing from the communist,so FYI it’s not a Cayman influence.9

    • Anonymous says:

      It is hard to believethat no one knows who the young man is in the picture that is committing this crime. It is up to "you" to drop a dime to stop crime or we can all stop complaining and blaming. Also, I hardly believe that race is influencing one another to commit crime. It may be peer pressure, but race is not a factor.

  15. Beulaaa says:

    When will this foolishness stop! Now let me tell yu sumting! This is not the rite way to go! Why this lil boy dont go try find a job and stop stealing off people tings!?


    **Be cuhrekk Cayman!**

    • Constance says:

      Now Now Beula.. if we got McKeeva out the house..we could go back to having some serenity in this country.

      we need a miraculous miracle!

      • Anonymous says:

        Hmph! If we get McKeeva out the house, we going need SANITY not SERENITY!

    • Ex-Caymanian & Not by Choice says:

      are there anyjobs readily available?????

      • Anonymous says:

        Jobs – Plenty!  Training – Plenty!  Willingness – Not plenty!

      • Anonymous says:

        i think northward has some jobs ‘readily’ available. 

      • JOBS?? says:


        NO JOBS? Have to steal because of no JOBS?  It is PATHETIC really that someone could even make such statements! I am way tired of hearing that cry, because the truth is some of these lazy, good for nothing thugs would rather steal than clean someone yard. They are too "PROUD" to work a Burger King job, ‘cause how would that look. OH Please stop the foolishness now, Cayman has plenty jobs for those who really legitimately want to work and are not too proud to do so. We have what we have as a country because of the older generation doing all these “jobs” that our kids are too proud to do, and we feed them that line, its one thing to want to give our children a better life and not have to work as hard or do the medial jobs that’s we did but it is sad for society to advocate that its alright to steal it and I if we keep feeding this line of thinking, poor them they have to steal cause there is no job and they are hungry then we are only poisoning the minds that are already heading down a bad path. WAKE UP, GET UP and go get a JOB that does not involve crime!
        It is a shame and disgrace to STEAL, that is what we need to let the youth know!
        • more veggies please says:

          I was pleasantly surprised to be greeted by a young Caymanian employee at the KFC drive through the other day. Normally it’s either a Jamaican or Filipino. Glad that at least some Caymanian young people are taking some initiative. I do agree with you though, many are too proud to take the "lower end" jobs.