Thieves try to steal ATM

| 02/09/2011

(CNS): During the early hours of the morning thieves attempted to steal an entire ATM unit from inside the public area of the Cayman Islands Hospital in George Town, police reported Friday. The thieves were unsuccessful in their efforts to remove the Butterfield automated teller sometime between 12:30 and 1:00am 2 September. Police said that the two men who were believed to have been involved also stole a Black Dodge Ram motor vehicle # 138 237 which they suspect was used to try to make off with the ATM. This vehicle was stolen from Redgate Garage on Redgate Road, George Town sometime between 8pm Thursday evening and 1am Friday morning.

Police said that the vehicle is still missing and anyone with any information regarding the incident at the hospital, the theft of the truck or its present whereabouts, should contact DC Lizzy Berns at George Town police station on 949-4222. Information can also be passed via the confidential Crime Stoppers number 800-8477 (TIPS).

Lizzette Yearwood, CEO of the Health Services Authority said in a release that the CCTV was in operation in that area and the incident was recorded.

“We would like to thank the RCIPS, the staff of Butterfield, and our own Hospital staff for their prompt and professional response to this unfortunate incident so that no hospital operations were effected," she said. “It is regrettable that the actions of these individuals will cause some inconvenience to those that use the services of the ATM, and we hope to have it fully functional again as soon as possible.”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Next up: needles, pills, cough medicine, biofreeze rub(for those aches and pains of so much robbing) anti-fungi powder for athlete's foot(all that running up and down with the same old shoes…fungus)…etc………ohh boyy!!!!! here we go!

  2. EYE ON THE ISLAND says:

    Cash to Flash: Criminals are on the rise because our political leaders have not made it a priority because they don't care about crime you moron.

  3. Anonymous says:

    What difference does having CCTV make? Not one court case has had a conviction using CCTV yet look at all the evidence using CCTV footage that has been brought in to the courts so far. This last murder case even had eye witness's but because their stories didn't match up the judge threw out every other piece of evidence!

    The criminals are smart and cover their faces, if the courts don't get smart too and start getting some convictions based on CCTV evidence then I'm afraid it will be very hard to justify the expenditure of how much $?? millions on CCTV cameras all over the place.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Where's the CCTV footage and where were the guards?


    It's a freaking hospital! It's not bad enough that these criminals put these people in the hospital now they commit crimes at the hospital too..

    Time to get idle hands back to work Cayman..Stop protesting everyhting and get people back to work so they don't have to coninue to steal and harm people. Not saying that they should be stealing even if they don't have a job but obviously people are stooping to things they wouldn't have donevotherwise.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Good morning.

    If there was a trade school for these people they would not have time enough to sit and think what robbery will I commit next.  We need to stop blaming the Government for eveything that

    happens in Cayman and parents take control of your children, look at their friends, what they

    do with their time, and do not encourage these want to be thieves in to whatever they do.  If they come home with things they did not work for or you dont know about call the police.

    It is your child,government cannot control them for you.  Dont spare the rod and spoil the child.




  6. Anonymous says:

    What worries me more is the fact that there needs to be an atm in the hospital.

    Shouldn't healthcare be free, or is it only for the ones that can afford it ?


    CCTV only works if somebody is watching constantly. Recordings after the fact are useless.

    The purpose of placing the cameras is to give the people a feeling of safety, but in real it is just giving public funds to a "friend" of a "friend".

  7. Anonymous says:

    I'ma little concerned about what this says about the security of the hospital.  Some criminal could be in the hospital stabbed/ shot and the one out to get him could just walk right in?  Shouldn't the doors be locked after certain hours with a ringer on the outside?  What about security?

    As for th elunatics trying to steal the ATM, they are just plain dumb.  Unfortunately, most likely this means that they will stike again as they didn't get what they wanted.

    • Anonymous says:

      The doors at the hospital are locked after hours, and people can only be admitted by the Security staff. This however would not affect the probability of this crime taking place, as the ATM is located outside in the open main lobby next to the pharmacy.

      The hospital does employ quite a number of Security guards, unfortunately they cannot be everywhere at once on such a large compound.

      It's really sad that this is the type of crime that people are resorting to. You either have to be really stupid or really desperate to attempt to steal an entire ATM (like someone wouldn't see it on the back of the truck or when they were offloading it).

      And despite all the talk about CCTVs, the reality is that these are not suitable deterrents as todays criminals do not fear them, that's why they use disguises. CCTVs are only semi-helpful after the fact when police and business owners review the footage in hopes of nailing a clue to the criminals' identity.

      And let's be fair about an ATM being placed at the hospital; it's a matter of convenience for the 800+ hospital staff and the manyvisitors in and out of there every day. You can't possibly believe that just because health care SHOULD be free that an ATM isn't a good thing to have on the hospital premises.


  8. Anonymous says:

    The police are not watching the criminals – the criminals are watching the police.  It's obvious they know the right times and places to carry out their objectives.

  9. EYE ON THE ISLAND says:

    The UDP has failed our citizens on Public Safety. They aren’t intelligent enough to take crime seriously so why should we take the UDP seriously? The only way we can fight back is to close the chapter on their leadership and the sooner the better.

    • Mr. Roboto says:

      LOL you're a dunce!! Blaming the current administration for the publics safety. LOL would you like to blame them for anything else while you're at it? Hurricane Irene? Flooding in Pakistan? Solar flares on the Sun? I'm not a great UDP follower myself but really, do you have to put blame on them? You seem to want to just blame them for what ever you can. Maybe they should hire police officers and have them stand on the side of every road seperated 200' feet apart. LOL "the only way we can fight back is to close the chapter on their leadership" LOL yeh that will help public safety. "Oh look I'm a robber but I'm not going to harm anyone because the UDP are not in power anymore." LOL you ignorant dunce!!!

    • Cash to Flash says:

      Eye on the Island, will you just tell me in your own words, what does UDP have to do with thieves steal an ATM machine.  Try to use your brain before putting your mouth in gear for once.

  10. mccarron mclaughlin says:

    These guys must have watch the movie "Barbershop" one too many times! LOL

  11. Anonymous says:

    “Dumb & Dumber”, the sequel.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Sounds like the same guys who tried to rob Countryside CNB and couldn't get the door open.

    "Hey Bud, maybe since CNB was closed , we could steal an ATM with the money instead."

    "Good idea, Bubba, which ATM? CNB or Butterfield's? Maybe Butterfield's lighter since they use PPM colors."

  13. Ubelievedat says:

    WHERE are our feakin CCTV's  to help combat crime??

    Oh, sorry I forgot, that money was given to the churxhes + lost in Cohen & Co deal + legal cost for Tom Jones court case + lost in no attempt to bid for contract given to BET + private jet-setting costs + hosting party in jamaica for China Harbour + + + + + + + + + + + +

    My point?…….. the Premier and the entire UDP govt DOES NOT CARE what d heck happens in the welfare or stability of the Cayman Islands.

    WHEN did you hear them address this graqve and serious concern and how often?????????

    The only thing they know how to do is SQUANDER MONEY!!!!!!!!!

    Undermining Democracy of the People !!!!



    • Anonymous says:

      Even if the CCTV camaras was install, do you seriously think that will make them stop. Look at British Virgin Islands. They have CCTV camaras, and the crooks don't mind wearing mask and being on camara. CCTV camaras will do little to de-stress people who are without jobs.

  14. Wet Paper Caymanian says:

    Now if they get arrested not only should they be charged for attempting to steal an ATM machine but also for being stupid and possiibly being kept in the mental ward of the hospital without cigarettes . I have to agree with another poster, that when many are right back on the street after being acquitted by the judicial system. So of course it will encourage wannabe thieves and most probably those 2 (idiots) would have probably kept the ATM machine as a trophy. Wow ! Definatly a copy cat crime from TV.

    • Fish Pot says:

      12:15  Wet Paper Caymanian.  I believe that would mean you just got status.  Ok I want to ask you one question.   Do you like living here in Cayman,. and do you have many friends.?  If you do, then please woul you like to stop saying paper Caymanian now.  You are Caymanian, if you answered yes to my questions.  If you answered no,. then you are not happy here.  Did what I say make sense.?

      • Wet Paper Caymanian says:

        Fish Pot 12:15 No not really.  Probably for the same reason that you sign Fish Pot, if your Caymanian ? If no for the same reason that you and the majority do these days . Now let me answer your questions, that means more then one : No,yes, yes. But I know one  thing, we both like fish and you will have to use different bait for me. However one day, I will probably say why …..! In the meantime I enjoy my pseudo, thank you very much for asking however. See you out there one day and Tight lines, oops I forgot, time to go check your Fish Pot.

      • Anonymous says:

        I could not agree with you more. This distention between different type of Caymanians is just over-used and quite frankly, just stale.

  15. Anonymous says:

    George Town has become the new West Bay. what happened to all of the proactive work and Police presence at commercial areas? Alden, Mike, Elio, Kurt; get to the bottom of this. You represent the Central Business district, GT fails and everything falls.

    George Town needs real leadership (who is in charge anyway?).



  16. Charm says:

    To 17:01- Nope, it's just a way of life here, Custom officers not checking all bags at the airport, Guns are being imported in passengers luggage, Baby Killers, monthly murders, home invasions, missing women, assaulting women with guns, bank robberies, Gunmen holding up business places including restaurants and scaring the day-light out of the tourist,  a cool police station with cool dudes, cool dudes driving expensive police cars instead of Toyota Corollas, Cool Dudes that do not know how to solve a jigsaw puzzle so they cannot solve real crime. Get with it reader it is a 'Way of life' in the Cayman Islands.

    • Anonymous says:

      the way of life in the cayman islands, everybody needs to stand up and be firm about crime if the police are not doing the job then the citizens should start watching their communities. 

      do as the people of south africa have been doing forming watch associations whom walk around at night and take back the community and this comes from a person that cares about cayman but i guess i did not fit the bill when i applied to the rcips.

      good luck, the courts also need to be reviewed as well, because their are a few dedicated police officers whose hands are tied when doing their job.

      • Anonymous2 says:

        Some of these dedicated officers are fed up, because they arrest someone and bring them before the court, and then the magistrate releases these crooks back into society and nothing comes out of the arrest. They may reason, "why waste your time catching someone, all to find, they are set free to commit another crime."  Such things and double standards ruins an officer's morale. 

  17. Anonymous says:

    that is probably the dumbest thing I have ever heard. wow. these guys are sitting back somewhere laughing at the fact they got away with stealing this car and got away with the attempt to steal an ATM. police seem to never catch anyone and thats the reason for this spike of crime lately. Government has so much money to buy Dodge Chargers for the police to parade around in but they can't even spend money on forensics so we can have proper evidence to lead us to where these dumb people are hiding. all i can say is i have never heard someone talk good about the government/police work. sounds like something needs to happen. when i think of Cayman society i think of a very sad means of barely keeping a society together. I am a local and have been my whole life with a proud family name to back it. i feel like i could run things better!

  18. Anonymous says:

    I thought everything at the hospital was free anyway

  19. Like it is says:

    Tourists – look elsewhere. Cayman is now lawless.

  20. Anonymous1 says:

    We're doing pretty good compare to other Caribbean places. There is still hope on educating the young, preventing crime, and providing for more jobs.

    You would think British Virgin Islands, top among financial centers, would be a more quite place than Cayman. Well sorry to hurt your english pride, crime is out of control on that island. Just in 1 district alone in BVI – here is a report:

    "Break-ins and other criminal acts on Main Street, Road Town – 2011 provided in the release:

    – O'Neal's Sporting Goods Store – two break-ins
    – man mugged by two guys coming through alley by R.G. Herbert Building around 6:00pm
    – Quality Machines – two break-ins

    – Khoy's – attempted break in
    – man pulled from his car, struck and his gold chain taken – Road Town Methodist Church yard – around 9:00am
    – True Style Boutique – break-in
    – Smith's Gore – break-in
    – Bamboushay – break-ins (2) and attempted break-in (1)

    – Pusser's – break-in
    – St. George's School – two break-ins

    – Le Grand Cafe – break-ins (3)

    – Y Law Firm – break-in
    – Smith's Gore – break-in
    – Sunny Caribbee – break-in
    – X Law Firm – break in
    – Samarkand – attempted break-in
    – HLSCC Bakery – break-ins (2)

    – True Style Boutique – break in
    – The Curry House – break-in
    – attempted break-ins at several houses in Lower Main Street
    – Upper Main Street – murder/robbery

    ~ Source:


    • Anonymous says:

      Just because it also happens in the BVI, doesn’t make it acceptable -in Cayman or the BVI

    • Anonymous says:

      You forgot to include that BVI has CCTV camaras all over the place, and look at its crime.

  21. Anonymous says:

    The thieves chooses this time as they must have known that the hospital security officers would be in their cars sleeping, so they wouldnt have anything to worry about.

  22. Anonymous says:

    Next time, use a Ford – Ford Tough !

    • Fish Pot says:

      00:27 ye know ye right.  A Dodge? I can see why they neva get anyway.

  23. Anonymous says:

    Dumb and Dumber.  Brazen, but truly DUMB to try a stunt like that!!!

  24. Anonymous says:

    I have always seen a security guard at the hospital sitting on a stool inside the emergency room and wondered what good that is, but I am shocked to find there was apparently no  security in that area where the ATM was even if the guard was sitting around or even sleeping.  I will be more than careful next time I leave or come to the hospital at night now that this has happened.

    • Anonymous says:

      21:45 YE DOGONE RIGHT, Imagine people gaw be fraid te go to the hospital now, rob ATM, next thing they will be robbing ye lill bit cough medicine.

    • Anonymous says:

      Obviously common sense never prevailed. The security are there in A&E to protect the patients and staff. Have you ever been in A&E and the seen all the drama that can unfold there in the wink of an eye? The Hospital securities patrol the parameteres of the hospital, they are not employed to secure a banks ATM machine(s).

  25. Belford P eye says:

    Seriousily? Idiots are all over the damn place…..

  26. James says:

    cash and dash… for real..

  27. Anonymous says:

    Those clowns obviously watch too much TV and not even on TV do you see actors tying to pull such a stunt because it would not look realistic.  These two fools deserve a good prison term if for not for the attempted robbery, then for being far too stupid.  A bunch of diaper heads.

  28. Ford Tough says:

    Next time, use a Ford !

  29. Lachlan MacTavish says:

    The almost silly tolerance for the crime in Cayman now from the residents is unimaginable. This situation is ridiculous. If the present day crime situation was happening with true Caymanian politicians for the people and country, Miss Annie, Captain Benson and Charles, Mr. Craddock, Jim Bodden, Mr. Warren, Mr. Norman, Linford, Truman, John there would be action. Bush, Oconnor and the UDP are looking after personal interests instead of the peoples and the country. Bush, stop pointing fingers at the Governor and the UK. Start taking care of Cayman. The opposition should demand action now. This is beyond ridiculous.

  30. Freedom Man says:

    When criminals know you can get away with murder…grabbing a 700 lb ATM on camera in a public place isn't such hard thing to bring yourself to do!  If they do get caught the will be back on the street next weekend to shoot someone…the circle of life on Cayman!

    • Anonymous says:

      It is now evident that we have an organized criminal process going on who understands the RCIP weaknesses. The pattern of robberies,hitting random locations at varying times of the night or day demonstrates an awareness of police movements and deployment patterns. It is also likely that it is the same individuals or at least 4 of them who canvass locations before the hit is made.

      All of what I said before points to the need for heavy foot patrols supplemented by motor cycle patrols and stationing of officers at critical junctions in town and island wide so that their presence can act as a deterrent as well as provide rapid response when necessary. It may be argued that there is insufficient police ,however,this remains to be proven for well we don’t see too many of them most of the time.

      Also,undercover personnel from neighboring jurisdictions who are fully trained should be brought in to infiltrate the underground community that exists,to provider key intelligence on known offenders as well as sniff out other rats in the sewer that may exist where it is least suspected.

      Last but not least,people of the cayman islands must realize that the crime affects us all in one way or other,but ultimately will destroy all that we have if we sit back see no evil,hear no evil and speak not .

      Tired and ready to take action.

  31. Getting The Glock Out says:

    These folks surely watching far too much TV….

    Anyway, we have paid for the roadside Cameras..are they operating??? Pray tell me yes…

    • Anony Mous says:

      Nearly every business place and some private homes in Cayman have some form of camera but this can not stop the criminal who wears a mask which they always do. The police knows this already so the cameras that we have paid over $3,000,000.00 to install will only be used for traffic offences as soon as the laws are amended for that purpose. The police believe that to be seen out on the streets is to check the expiration date of motor vehicle, not the speeders, dark tinted windows to hide behind in your mask or blue lights on your car which had its springs cut to give a bouncing ride which in turn give a blue strobe light effect. Next point is, what is the useful purpose of having a camera and identifying a crime taking place and when the buzzo goes to court he is set free. Right now if you see the person in front of you and you hold onto the buzzo, he will be set free because you did not properly identifyed him in the right condition. If you should ask a real criminal which set of crimes are the easiest to sbe set free in any court and the will tell you it is the more serious ones starting with murder and the ones that you will most likely to be convicted of are the petty ones like traffic offenders and going up the scale to ganjaand other small time offences.

  32. Anonymous says:

    Lunatic Fringe