Armed man robs local shop

| 24/12/2010

(CNS): It seems Grand Cayman’s robbers are not letting up over the Christmas period. An armed man wearing a black balaclava, black jacket and blue jeans held up a local convenience store in West Bay around 9:30 last night, police say. West Bay detectives are now hunting the armed man who threatened staff with what appeared to be a firearm and demanded cash at Three N Variety Store in Batabano Plaza, on Thursday evening. He made off with an undisclosed sum of money and was last seen running into Boxelder Street, police revealed. The suspect is described as being 5’4’’ in height. No shots were fired and no-one was injured in the incident.

Anyone who was in the area at the relevant time who witnessed the crime or thesuspect making off from the scene is asked to contact West Bay CID on 949-3999 or the confidential Crime Stoppers number 800-8477 (TIPS).

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Category: Headline News

About the Author ()

Comments (24)

Trackback URL | Comments RSS Feed

  1. Anonymous says:

    For all of you who didn’t realize or aren’t smart enough to know it takes evidence to convict someone. And if some of una would stand up and be counted then we would have more evidence.

  2. Anonymous says:

    You speak for yourself. There is nothing of the kind in Caymanian culture. And not all of these crimes are being committed by our own.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Batabano is 250yds from the West Bay Police Station – nuff said!

  4. Anonymous says:

     All I keep hearing is that some one is arrested immediately, held a few days and then released. Case closed. Why don’t the police update us on the CNB robbery in Savannah, the Fidelity Bank robbery or the Bank of Butterfield robbery? 

  5. Anonymous says:

    I might interpret your comment as meaning that Caymanian "culture" dictates Caymanians protect those that have committed crimes.

    When criminals are protected by the community and victims left to fend for themselves, then I have little hope for the future of this community.


  6. Anonymous says:

    This place is becoming a joke. Does anyone actually get caught here? Time to bring in serious police.

    • Anonymous says:

      No. Because after the crime is committed the corruption kicks in. Think of the hit and run driver who hasn’t been caught, yet everyone speaks about who it is. 

      • Anonymous says:

        so, who is it? 

        • Anonymous says:

          Here lies the reality of Cayman. If the family is powerful enough to keep the driver out of jail, how is a lowly expat, on a work permit, to say anything? What will happen next? Yet I would have committed no crime. I have gone as far as subtly typing the name in a sentence, but it was not posted on this website. Because of my fears of the repercussions, my bravery is limited. I continue, but seriously doubt, the driver will somehow find the ethics to turn himself in.

        • Anonymous says:

          As a Caymanian, the code of ethics is as follows. If I tell on my own I will be deemed an Uncle Tom. In such cases, our culture dictates that ethics are put aside. 

          • Anonymous says:

            Cayman culture demands that ethics be put aside?

            Pretty sad commentary for a Christian nation.


            • Anonymous says:

              Protecting our culture sometimes means superseding Christianity.

              1) You shall not steal. (When our minors steal, and caught, we are lenient.) 

              2) You shall not murder. (Here treatment depends on who murders and who is murdered.)

              3) You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. (Do you think Immigration asks for facts? No, the word of a Caymanian supersedes any evidence. This is how we keep control.) 

              4) You shall not covet your neighbors’ "wealth". (Those expats come here, make money and leave. Those who stay, just want to take over our country." They couldn’t save theirs but somehow know how to save ours.)

              So, you see, to protect our culture we have to bend the rules. Every nation does it. 

              • Anonymous says:

                From your comments, I take it that stealing, murder, bearing false witness and coveting your neighbors wealth are so much a part of Caymanian culture that not even the "rules" of religion will ever stop you from doing these things?


  7. Anonymous says:

     But Sir! how can this be crime is down

  8. Anonymous says:

    Gotta catch them and convict them to sentence them. Maybe we should hold a mock trial , waste some more money sentence them in absentia and add to the fairy tail world we live in. Gunmen rule the RCIPS show up and do the paper work and that’s about the gist of it. Baines is way out of his league. Good for blowing smoke.

  9. Anonymous says:

    It seems like 90% of the crime we hear about in West Bay occurs in this area of less than 1 square mile,about .5 miles from the police station. Have any of the police "detectives" noticed this trend yet? Maybe if they showed a little more presence in the area, and paid notice to the dodgy men that hang around there 24 hrs a day ,7days a week, people might feel a little bit better about the competence of the RCIP?

  10. Anonymous says:

    police need to give better descriptions if they ever expect the public to help "The suspect is described as being 5’4’’ in height." that’s it? what about skin color? approx weight? was his hair long or short? thick n curly or straight?

    unne need ta do better…help us if you want us ta help you

    • durrrr says:

      hint: ‘ man wearing a black balaclava

      • write drunk ;edit sober. says:

        Hint #2 .He had short black curly hair.

        Hint #3. He had arms all the way up to his shoulders.

        Hint #4. He wore running shoes.

        Hint #5. He spoke in a Caymanian accent,could be Jamaican accent faking a Caymanian accent.

        Hint #6. He tried to top-up before he left.

        So many more ambiguous descriptions could be said,at least the cops could flower it up a little, just to let you know they are on the job,  taking notes, leaving no breadfruit leaf unturned. After all there are almost 400 of them on the island of 80 square miles, with a population of 50,000.


  11. Anonymous says:

    Am I right in saying the life sentence is not really "life" but a 15 year term? or is that not the case?

    CNS Note: At present life means life however once the bill of rights comes into effect it will have to be reviewed.  Look out for a CNS story on this issue next week.

  12. Frank says:

    Cayman really needs to introduce a 10 year MINIMUM jail sentence for armed robbery and an automatic deportation for people either here on a work permit or who were granted Cayman Status once their sentence has been completed. This sentence should also be without the chance of parole. Punishment on a whole here is getting so lax that people are no longer afraid to commit crimes. I can’t remember that last time somebody was sentenced to more that 15 years in jail…let alone actually service that time. Given  the amount of murders that have been commited in Cayman recently there should have been a number of these  punishments handed out. I can’t stress enough that until the judicial system and police get this situation under control you are going to see a rise in the public taking matters into their own hands and a number of innocent people going to jail for defending themselves when the government won’t.

    CNS Note: The minimum sentence for any firearms offence is already ten years according to the law following trial. The minimum for someone pleading guilty for any firearms offence is seven years. The sentence for a murder conviction is currently a mandatory life sentence and four people were found guilty of murder this year.

    • Anonymous says:

      The problem isn’t lax sentences, it’s the perception that you probably won’t get caught, even if you’re recorded on camera. And if you’re known to have a gun, you bet that Joe Public won’t help the police because they fear reprisals.


      CNS Note: Sorry rest was sub judice.