BT break-ins spike with commuting burglars

| 03/06/2015 | 14 Comments
Cayman News Service

David Baines, RCIPS Commissioner of Police

(CNS): Police Commissioner David Baines said a burglary spike in the district of Bodden Town was being caused by two separate gangs of crooks. Baines said that a group of young teens in the district were believed to be behind some of the burglaries while a group of George Town based villains were also literally commuting to the district to break-in to premises in Bodden Town. Answering questions in Finance Committee on Monday, the commissioner said there had been a spate of crime that saw 133 burglaries in two weeks, pointing to a group of teenagers who were skipping school to go on a crime spree as well as adults from George Town.

He said some of the teens had been arrested and charged but they had been bailed, and added that officers were also targeting the commuter burglars from the capital.

However, Baines lamented the revolving door of crime and noted that as soon as his officers round up the criminals, they are released on bail while the cases proceed through the courts and the police and prosecutors do what they can to “send them back to Mr Lavis as quickly as possible”, referring to Prison Director Neil Lavis.

Baines said that burglars are high-repeat offenders who return straight back to their criminal enterprise as soon as they are released from HMP Northward, and he said that at present it was Bodden Town that was being targeted and suffering the consequences of the revolving door.

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Category: Crime, Government Finance, Police, Politics

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Mr. Baines says that some of the crimes are being committed by “a group of teenagers who were skipping school” so why don’t they check the various school registers and see who is missing from school??

  2. Knot S Smart says:

    I am sorry to say but this society is laden with criminals! All of these burglaries would not be happening if there were no customers for the stolen goods.
    Either they are exporting the stolen goods and Customs is busy looking the other way, or the stolen items are being sold locally at low prices to people in the society who buy them at prices that would have to alert the purchasers that they are stolen…

    As I said in the first sentence ‘this society is laden with criminals’ and I might add that people who support the criminals by buying the stolen goods are themselves as bad as or worse than the thieves…

  3. Anonymous says:

    The thieves love rainy days too – and the police don’t so you can always expect a lot of break-ins on rainy days

  4. Clear As Mud says:

    It’s not the fear of being caught, it is that thy know they can beat the system. They get arrested, no big deal; they must get bail. They do it again and get caught, no big deal; the court will give them bail. When it is time for trial, the government provides legal aid for them to have a lawyer who will muddy the water, or plead for them and some poor sympathetic magistrate or judge will give them a short vacation at Northward prison, all meals, entertainment and expenses paid. Now don’t you understand why they will be right back to their old habits? We have to reach and instill good values and ethics in the children of these criminals while they are young if we are ever to change society for the better.

  5. Anonymous says:

    They have no fear of being caught. Why stop? Grand Cayman’s police enforcement is non functional. We should just go back to people defending themselves from the many criminals here.

    • Clear As Mud says:

      It’s not the fear of being caught, it is that thy know they can beat the system. They get arrested, no big deal; they must get bail. They do it again and get caught, no big deal; the court will give them bail. When it is time for trial, the government provides legal aid for them to have a lawyer who will muddy the water, or plead for them and some poor sympathetic magistrate or judge will give them a short vacation at Northward prison, all meals, entertainment and expenses paid. Now don’t you understand why they will be right back to their old habits? We have to reach and instill good values and ethics in the children of these criminals while they are young if we are ever to change society for the better.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Cut off their hands and they’ll never steal again.

  7. Soldier crab says:

    That’s equates to approximately 10 break ins a day. This is ridiculous mr. Premier, something needs to be done.

  8. WaYaSay says:

    Looks like the thieves like to work wherever Baines has his police officers stationed as they know they are hanging out in the headquarters doing nothing instead of patrolling the streets.
    With the COP dismal performance perhaps he needs to continue to keep them out of North Side and East End. I don’t even live in either of these districts but it is a fact that there is less crime there without the police presence and when they had police there the crime spiked.

  9. Anonymous says:

    There were burglaries in West Bay yesterday too.

  10. Anonymous says:

    133 burglaries in two weeks? Is that a misprint?

  11. Mr. Lee 4 Life says:

    Time for 3 strikes and you’re out. Not necessarily for life but at least 10 years. First burglary 1 year. Second burglary 3 years. Third burglary 10 years. Aggravated robbery using a weapon mandatory life without parole.

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