$500k of jewellery still missing after 2015 robbery

| 23/05/2016 | 11 Comments
Cayman News /service

Some of the stolen items

(CNS): A collection of distinctive jewellery stolen from a local designer during a robbery last November is still missing and police and the owner are appealing to the community to help find the pieces, which together are worth around half a million dollars. Mitzi’s Fine Jewelry on West Bay Road was robbed by an armed man, who made off with a significant amount of merchandise, none of which has been recovered. The crime was described by police has having a “devastating” effect on the local designer, Mitzi Callan, who has been operating the business since 1976.

The pieces that were stolen in the robbery are bold and distinctive, police said. Some are of Callan’s own design and others are of the brand Carrera y Carrera and carry a CyC mark.

See the items stolen from Mitzi’s Fine Jewelry

Detectives believe that someone has seen this jewellery in past months or knows its whereabouts. He or she may have information about who stored it or may have been offered it for sale. They may have seen someone wearing this jewellery, quite possibly in unexpected circumstances for such high-value items.

“Since I made many of these pieces myself, the loss of this jewellery is just as difficult for me personally as it is financially,” said Callan, “As someone who has been in the community for so long, it would be such a sign of support for me, and for local businesses in general, if people would come forward and share what they know about this crime with the police.”

Callan has offered an award through Crime Stoppers for information that leads to the recovery of the stolen jewelry or the conviction of those responsible for the robbery.

Police stated that in January two people, a man and a woman, were arrested in connection with the robbery, but have not been charged. They remain on police bail while the investigation continues.

Meanwhile, in what is understood to be a separate case, a 37-year-old woman has already been charged and admitted stealing $26,000 worth of jewellery from the store.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of the stolen jewelry which is pictured above and below or has information regarding the robbery, should contact the Drugs and Serious Crime Task Force at 649-7710 or Louise.Daniels@rcips.ky.  Anonymous tips can be provided via the Miami-based call centre of Crime Stoppers.

Cayman News Service

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  1. Anonymous says:

    gone gone gone

  2. Anonymous says:

    what ever happened to the two alleged robbers of the Camana Bay jewellery store?

  3. Anonymous says:

    On what basis did they arrest 2 people then?

    • Unison says:

      Good question. I guess the two are not upper class people… because if they were, they would have never been detain with no direct evidence against them.

      And most times, it seems the law has more teeth in favor of the rich or upper class. For example, a common person would be harassed by the police if he should drive his car in a gated community… but a rich man can drive his limo in any lowly neighborhood – no harassment!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Sadly, the odds of these pieces still being intact are just about zero. Anything that distinctive would have quickly been broken up and melted down.

    • Anonymous says:

      Exactly. How much did it all weigh and each item? Detectives should be quizzing the Cash for Gold businesses on transactions around that time in those weight combinations, pawn shops, and the Dog City scrap smelters that seem to elude our fearless crime fighters. All of these crime enabling industries should have been shut down long ago. They can only thrive with a steady stream of hot material.

      • ThIs WrItInG Is VeRy IrRiTaTiNg says:

        I would guess that the “We Buy Stolen Jewellery” operations don’t keep very accurate records of who they buy what from so having the police check them out wouldn’t go too far. Putting one of the CI government’s surveillance cameras on the pole across the road from each of those places might be a good start if they want to see who is visiting regularly, especially after robberies, to sell items.

        • Jotnar says:

          Putting a CIG surveillance camera anywhere would seem to be a complete waste of time. Now if you got one of the cameras from Camana Bay that captured the images of the Mansion robbery – crystal clear – that would be a different story. Of course, those were bought by someone who wanted value for what he paid for and something that actually worked, not just an excuse to spend money.

      • Anonymous says:

        8:27 I agree with your comments. CLOSE THEM DOWN. Jewelry stealing only became a big business after those places opened up. The are not needed.

    • Anonymous says:

      They’re all in Jamaica now being sold to cruise tourists by street vendors.

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