Police arrest cash van robbery suspect at airport

| 07/12/2011

cuffs.jpg(CNS): Law enforcement officials apprehended a 40-year-old man at Owen Roberts International Airport on Tuesday morning (6 December) as he tried to flee the jurisdiction. Police have arrested the man in connection with the foiled cash van heist at Countryside on Friday, 2 December on suspicion of attempted robbery. A police spokesperson said the suspect remains in police custody while enquiries into the incident continue. The man is accused of trying to steal a cash bag from a security guard who was loading an armoured van outside Foster’s Food Fair at around 7:30pm. (Photo Dennie Warren Jr)

The would-be robber was carrying what was believed to be a handgun as he approached the guard and demanded he hand over the cash bag. However, a struggle ensued and thesuspect failed to get the money from the security officer and he 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.

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:

    Caught at the airport leaving the country? To Where? What's his nationality? Why won't the RCIPS or media divulge this? Not saying it couldn't be a Caymanian "getting out of Dodge" but most probably not. But I bet if he really were Caymanian that would be broadcast.

    Please stop with the unfair reporting, whoever is precipating that.

    • The Prophet says:

      07:51   your comments  are very true   I must agree that it is either the Police RCIP or is it the News service?  but some one is sweeping this information under the carpet.   What a mess.

    • Anonymous says:

      7:51 and the post below:

      who cares what nationality the person is?  We are glad that they were caught.

      • Anonymously IRON CLAD says:

        It IS relevant as we have an ongoing scenario where it seems only native Caymanians are being tagged with these crimes and a strong stigma attached consequently when the majority of the robberies cases have gone unsolved and not known what NATIONALITIES are perpetrating them.

        Wouldn't it be USEFUL to KNOW who and the NATIONALITIES of the perps are committing these crimes so that there is an appropriate RESPONSE to better BORDER PROTECTION?

        Think about! IT IS ALL RELATIVE.

        And yes, it seems that when it is a Caymanian (or West Bay resident) there is NO HOLDING BACK on reporting by the Police, but on the other hand, it would seem that if there certain other nationalities involved, there is SPARSE information made public.

        FYI – The news media is usually unbiased in reporting nationalities. They report what is given to them. IE – the 5 Jamaicans who were arrested SMUGGLING 400 Lbs of Marijuana via boat.

        RCIPS – It's Time to STOP what many Caymanians believe to be NON-TRANSPARENT and BIASED Police Reporting.

        Anonymously IRON CLAD

  2. da criminal native says:

    Why is it that we can never be told the truth about these situations and circumstances. No one is asking for anything that would comprise any criminal case just the obvious facts. Is it because it does not support or substatiate what certain interest on this island want to promote or make people believe is true. Or will it make certain persons in authority a bunch of liars and prove that their are obvious double standards and bias in their so called impartial justice system.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Let us see if he is charged and covicted before slapping high fives and takin jive.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Great, Crime Tourism. That's a new one. Althought not really.

  5. Anonymous says:

    He was not trying to flee, but was on his way to Miami to do some Christmas shopping.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Well done for tracking the suspect down so quickly!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Was this person trying to flee Cayman, or just return home? I.e. do people come here to commit crime & leave? I'd be interested to know which country he was trying to get to…

  8. Knot S Smart says:

    Aha. So he was heading on home for Christmas!

    The police are trying harder to catch the criminals and our justice system seems to be freeing them right, left, and center – almost faster than they can be arrested.

    I am just wondering how our system appears to the outside world, when we let them go free  here on multiple charges,  and then they are arrested for the same offence when they travel to other countries.


    • Anonymous says:

      EVIDENCE is the key here & if the police don't have enough then theirs nothing the justice system can do. However on the other hand if the police are more careful when obtaining EVIDENCE then just maybe most of these crimes can get solved!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Wow! Where was the man going? Where is he from?

    • annoymous says:

      People that have work permits and no jobs send them home,I feel they need to search luggage leaving cayman I bet they will find lots of stolen stuff.

      • Anonymous says:


        So all these individuals who are only allowed to work in Cayman having proven themselves to have had a spotless criminal record work in Cayman and turn into thieves while they are here?

        I hadn't appreciated that. We can really streamline this if we work on the basis that all these WP hodles are going to turn to crime. Under the laws of probabilityd the longer they are here the more likely it is. 

        Given that we can get really proactive here, Just randomly pick every 6th first year WP renewal applicant and search their house as part of the renewal process, one 5th of the 2 years, a quarter of the three years, half of the four years, all of the six years and just arrest anybody who is coming up for seven years and hasn't got Key Employee – they are going to have to leave so they must be stealing stuff!

      • Oh Brother! says:

        You don't have to go to the airport to find people with "stolen stuff", (local) robbers abound right here in Cayman! Read your newspaper. Some people just salivate in anticipation for the opportunity to take a swing at an expat boy. Sickening!

    • The Beaver says:

      I heard he was the president of a large multi-national firm and that he was en route to Canada – supposedly he was not only running away from the armoured vehicle robbery, but intended to go to Canada to scalp some beavers and sell their fur on the Caymanian black market – oops, I better go take refuge!