Robber makes foiled attempt on cash van

| 03/12/2011

Crime Scene Cleanup_full.jpg(CNS): A single gunman attempted to rob a security guard on Friday evening as he was taking cash to an armoured cash van outside the Foster’s Countryside Shopping Centre in Savannah. At around 7.30pm as the guard left the supermarket carrying a cash bag and headed towards the security vehicle, a man carrying what was believed to be a handgun approached him and demanded he hand over the cash bag. A struggle ensued and the would-be robber failed to get the money bag and ran off empty handed towards Hirst Road, police reported.

Although the guard was shaken by the attack, he was not physically injured and no shots were fired.

Police officers immediately attended the scene and commenced a search of the area for the offender but there was no trace o him. The RCIPS confirmed that no arrests have been made at this time but police are looking for the suspect who is 5'9" in height with light brown skin, medium build, believed to be in his mid-forties. He was wearing blue jeans, a black T shirt and a black baseball cap.

Anyone who was in the area at the relevant time and has information which could assist the police is asked to contact Bodden Town Police Station on 947 2220/40, the RCIPS Tip-Line 949-7777 or the Confidential Crime Stoppers number 800-8477 (TIPS).

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I hope Fosters and/or the security company realise what a risk this man took and reward him financially for his bravery and give him some sort of award.  I'm pretty  sure his salary is far from high enough for him to risk his life like this.  Could he please join the Police Force. We need some more officers like him. 

  2. Anonymous says:

    The police need the help of the community to give these people up.  The community knows who these people are and should help.  Without the information of who they are, what they are doing and unfortunately evidence that such is the case, there is nothing the police can do. 

    There are laws which the police can uphold and the visibility of them around provides as a deterrent, but these crimes are commited by people.  People whom have family and friends that know what is going on. 

    • Anonymous says:

      Police should check the homes in the area and find out how many are not working, only lying around waiting for the dark of night to make a move.  Use your grey mattter and your eyes, mix it with common sense and there you have your answer.

      When the security from the armoured van had the perpetrator on the ground, the by-standers should have assisted him and he would not have gotten away. 

  3. Raffaelle says:

    Yet the Po Liceee don,t have a glue and the beat goes on. When are we going to get what we are paying all this money for???  With all these laws and foreign police and we can not get a single police unit to be on patrol in an area that has been robbed  no less than 10 times 1 (1) attempt CNB, 1 Piizza Hut , 1 Funky Tangs 1 attempt Wendy's (4) Savannah Texaco Station,  2 Dominoes,  Just not adding up Cayman? yet all we hear are the excuses, lies, and sweet talk. like one poster said thebest officers and the best years are gone Cayman. Incompetence and Failure are the mantra of the day. Yet  Caymanians just seem so damn helpless and contented with thiis terrible situation.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Who told the robber that the money was being transported at that time?

    • Anonymous says:

      Are you really so naive?  The robber(s) are obviously more observant than you. That's why they are doing and getting with all this, they are observing and not been observed!

  5. Anonymous says:

    CIT (cash in transit – I did it for two years) is one of the worst jobs in the world but you can minimize the risks by using a bit of common sense.

    One man with no back up, coming out the front of a well-lit store into a dark parking lot on what looks like a regularly scheduled collection? Not a security firm I'd use in a hurry. 

  6. Anonymous says:

    Wish I was there to help the security guard.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Congrats to the security guard who didn't hand over the money and stood his ground! 🙂

  8. Anonymous says:

    When are we going to start conducting business different. This is probably a regular routine job that is done every night around that time.

  9. Anonymous says:

    And the security  Guard throw the money bag into the van, and started to beat the shit out of the would be robber, they both ended up on the ground. The robber did get away…so sad he never gopt any help from the bystanders.

    Can i suggest that from now on, that  the security companies, whenever picking up or droping off money, they are to cardone off the van and the door way of the building.

    No one is to get within  certain distance from the van,and the doorway, shut the area down, it will only take the least 3 minutes to exit the building and enter the van with the money bag. There were people standing very close to the money van, this should never have happened.

    • Anonymous says:

      True, should not have happened.There should always be two security guards doing

      transactions like this.  This poor lone guard had noone to watch his back!

      Lucky this didn't turn in to another shooting and injury or worse.

    • Anonymous says:

      Obviously you were an eye witness….its good to have a first hand account of what actually happened.

      You would have thought that the systems and methods used by the security companies in carrying out their duties, both transport and static guarding would have been beefed up by now, given the rise in gun crime and robberies in recent years.

      Sounds like its business as usual…the security officers in Cayman are no more than watchmen and couriers…there is no protection for them, their clients or their clients assets when those come under attack.

      At least bullet proof vests, protective helmets and possibly tasers, should be standard equipment for security officers in Cayman now, along with hand-cuffs, batons and pepper spary or cs gas.

      It is not hard to foil some of these idiots carrying out robberies nowadays. gun or no gun…what it takes is a little thought and a committment from the Govt and police force to support the security sector more.

      This security officer was more foolhardy than brave, to be honest but he got away with it.

      If it were a case where security personnell were not mostly foreign work permit holders, they would have every right to go on strike or make some sort o formal protest to the CI Govt for being forced to work in the unsafe environment that they have to without any form of protection.

      Its simply a disgrace on the Cayman Islands, really.


  10. Anonymous says:

    More arrests and no charges. The suspect is not one in custody. Baines wants to lower the standard of Police work in order to compensate for the plethora of ingenuity that the criminals are demonstrating by having to reverse the roles of innocent until proven guilty because of a lack of quality Law Enforcement. With the model proposed the criminals will still be committing criminal acts and the courts will be over burdened with hearing Grand Court cases that never should have been brought to them due to the lack of a preliminary enquiry. The general community and those sworn or contracted to protect are only acting as a buffer to be the first liner to be harmed by a criminal as they have no means of protection.