Armed jewel heist at Strand

| 08/01/2013

thumb2_GroundFloorRetailunitatTheStrandFORRENT_2_14_131646255046000.jpg(CNS): Four armed masked men reportedly held up a duty free store off the West Bay Road Monday evening in the first robbery of the New Year. The RCIPS said that the men, one of whom was brandishing a handgun, entered Kirk Freeport in the Strand at around 6:45pm on 7 January and made off with a large amount of jewellery. A police spokesperson said the robbers held up staff but no shots were fired before the men escaped with the valuables. The police are now on the hunt for the suspects but as yet no descriptions of theculprits or how they made their escape have been given.

Anyone with information or who was in the vicinity of the Strand after 5pm this afternoon is asked to call the George Town CID at 947-2220 or 947-2240 or Crimestoppers on 800 TIPS.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Ever thought that it could be exported and pawned? Any pictures catalogued to give to airport security? Soon come…

  2. Anonymous says:

    All of these robberies can be stopped by using a bullet proof door  which is electronically closed and only opened with a buzzer from inside by a store or bank employee when they see the person or persons do not pose a threat. Why is this not done? Wake up and face reality store owners and banks, Cayman is not crime free, and invest this small amount to protect all of your assets, cash and goods. 

  3. Anynomous says:

    People do not just walk in from the street and rob a jewellry story or Banks.  They do that with gas stations.   One of two things are happening.  They are either given "Dora's Map" and pays a visit, or pays a visit and gets Dora's  map.  Do I have to spell it out.  Big money and jewellry is not kept here. 


  4. michel says:

    My friends at Customs fine tune your machine to pick up gold as it is not now. Someone can walk by your machine and your routine check with 5 solid gold watches. Kirk frreport is well organised but one has to know what’s missing and why not publish with pictures locally as well. Time is of the essence with jewellery. If we know we can all pay more attention. God Bless, Michel Lemay.

  5. Anonymous says:

    why havent they started using buzzers at the door? if they are patrons no problme and if they are allowed will be recorded on video, hopefully. Cost of a buzzer and video must be more efficient than payng for security guards if they are merely doormen.

  6. Kadafe says:

    Why was t the dog there during the busy peak months? Especially after dark?
    Lackadaisical security company if you ask me. Security must be extra vigilant at all times.
    Especially in the night two people at least must be at every post if you don’t
    Have enough people then put a dog with the one. A dog is a much bigger deterrence than one may think
    Especially compared to one unarmed man.

  7. Anonymous says:

    At least this was not anywhere near where the tourists go.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Looks like Monday is the new Thursday!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Who is next ?

  10. Anonymous says:

    People, look around you and see who is wearing some very expensive jewelsright off this beautiful island !!!

  11. Anonymous says:

    Crime is down, there is nothing to see here; the only serious offences that have occurred here are those alleged on the premier and he has been arrested.  Thanks commish makes me feel safer.

  12. Michel says:

    I hope they do catch them. In these hard times, to have staff dramatized and store robbed is truly disgusting. If the jewellery is to remain on island there is a good chance they will get caught. If it’s meant to leave the Island Customs will have to be vigilant. Kirk Freeport has a great security system and let’s pray itt will give enough info. What can a security guard do ? At the rate their paid without any ways to defend themselves your guess is as good as mine. The staff of the store have my sympathy as it happenned to me once and you never forget that. God Bless, Michel Lemay.

  13. Anonymous says:

    I have complained in the past about the loiterers who seem to be cataloging the security procedures there but our good police told me I was being paranoid. Hmmm, I guess not.

    • Anonymous says:

      Baines, stop recruiting uniforms from poverty stricken and crime ridden countries to the Cayman Islands.  It is time for you to roll over too.  You are just NATO (no action, talk only), we need action.  Is there a plan B?

      Put Plan B in place now.

  14. W@rLorD says:

    For $5 bucks an hour, what would you do????

  15. Anonymous says:

    These idiots will be caught. You can't steal bunch of jewellery and get away with it. You can't wear it, so, when you try to sell it, someone is going to talk. I give it 2 weeks before these morons are caught.

    • The"Honorable" Magic Dragon says:

      You obviously know nothing of the criminal eIement nor our poIice service. 2 weeks is wishfuI thinking, as for the jeweIIry, there exists a bIack market of buyer and seIIers right here on this isIand. "idiots"?-nah!,  Id say guarding a fortress of jeweIs with a baton is idiotic, dont you think?

    • Anonymous says:

      But you can put it on a boat to Honduras to sell.

    • Anonymous says:

      How long do you think the jewelry will stay on the island? That’s long gone.

    • Anonymous says:

      As much as I would hope you are correct someone would have to be a complete moron to attempt to flip this merchandise in Cayman.  No doubt there are plans to have the loot exported.  At any rate last evening reconfimed to me that we urgently need to revisit our firearms law and fast – at least have armed security available to high risk businesses such as banks, jewelry stores, pawn shops etc.  I would also suggest controlled entry for these businesses.  I saw a bank in Costa Rica not too long ago where they have clients use a buzzer to enter a metal detection queue entrance-way protected by bullet-proof glass prior to being permited into the bank one person at a time.  I use an ATM 90% of the time so this minor inconvenience to enhance the safety of bank staff and their clients would be a welcome change.

    • Anynomous says:

      22:17  people have held up jewellery stores here before and taken jewellery.   Did they wearthem?  NO.  Who says that they are to be worn here.  Besides three masked men robbibng a Kirk Freeport Jewellry store.  They had that planned.  I am sure they were in the shop they day it was robbed.  Checked your CCTV if you have one.

      These business people know that November Dec and January is robbery months.  For the life of me I do not know why a system is not put up to hinder such things.  Well they are insured, so why bother.

    • Anonymous says:

      Jewellery is stolen all the time and is easily sold – heck there are even local pawn shops that have set up near dog city to make it easier for crackheads to sell the stuff!

      • Anon says:

        and they will be on the look out for it….as no doubt the plod will be watching those pawn shops too….

  16. Anonymous says:

    Isn't there security there? 

    • Anonymous says:

      How about a video.

      • Anonymous says:

        How about a video ???? please let me know how a video is able to stop a robbery from taking place?

        • P A Rody says:

          easy, by identifying the robber before he robs another shop, once arrested and charged the video has stopped future robberies from taking place.


    • Anonymous says:

      Which security guard in the world with only his hands for protection would go up against a robber with a gun?