October 20, 2020

First armed raid in two weeks


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A masked gang armed with a handgun terrified a member of staff at an electronics store – before fleeing with cash and expensive goods.

The robbery – at Funky Tangs in Savannah – is the first armed raid in Cayman for almost a fortnight.

The raid comes after RCIPS Commissioner David Baines linked the rise in murders to the reduction
in robberies.

Now, since the spate of murders has stopped, there have been two reported robberies in the past fortnight.

An armed ganged raided CUC – making off with cash from the counter where customers pay their bills.

Thursday’s robbery took place in broad daylight. Brazen thieves burst into the Savannah Plaza store just after 1:30pm.

Police recovered some items related to the robberies nearby after carrying out a detailed search of the area.

A spokeswoman for the RCIPS said: “Four males entered the premises, one armed with what appeared to be firearm. They stole cash & electronic items.

“The suspects ran from the premises. No shots were fired and no-one was injured.”

Police said shortly after the raid that one man was “helping them with their enquiries”.

Yesterday the manager of the shop, Mark Watler, said it was the first time they have been robbed since they opened two years ago.

He added: “The robbers held up and threatened a female store clerk while demanding money.

“At the time of the robbery the female clerk was the only one on duty.

“The robbers just came in and took what they wanted. We did not have security posted at the location.

“I cannot think of any other store directly in that vicinity that was recently robbed. There were no customers in the store at the time.”

Speaking recently to iNews Police Commissioner Mr Baines said: “We have direct evidence that some of those involved in the murders have been involved in the robberies.”

Before the first murder last month there had been a number of armed stick-ups at a wide range
of businesses.

Gas Stations, shops, members of the publics and even a jerk chicken stand fell victim to the gangs.


Anyone with information about the latest raid can contact police on 949 4222 or Crimestoppers on 1-800 (TIPS).



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