Tourists wake up to masked home-invaders

| 27/06/2019 | 83 Comments
Cayman News Service

(CNS): Visitors to the Cayman Islands who are staying at a home on the Queen’s Highway woke up in the early hours of this morning to find masked men (possibly three), one of whom may have been armed with a gun, in the residence. The men, who were dressed in dark clothing, were rummaging through their belongings, according to the RCIPS. The police were alerted by the visitors as the burglary was underway but by the time the officers arrived the culprits had fled.

Police officers were dispatched to the address in East End at around 5am (Thursday, 27 June), where they first confirmed that the people inside the house were safe and no one was hurt. They then carried out checks of the area, but no one was caught. It appeared the home invaders had made off with cash and a camera during the break-in.

Police are asking anyone with any information to contact Bodden Town CID at 947-2220, or to submit a tip anonymously directly to police or through Crime Stoppers at 800-8477 or online.

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  1. Anon. says:

    When more homeowners start having guns and shooting the criminals themselves then the police will come running and pretend to do something.
    I find anyone in my house I am going to shoot to kill and ask questions later.
    I have an expectation that my house is my sanctuary and my family is my priority.

  2. gee says:

    I apologize on behalf of Cayman am so sad this happened to you here its wasn’t like this not so long ago but we have our own animals and importing more from other places everyday. SORRY FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Oh, stop it. Do you apologize when locals are robbed?

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    • With held says:

      Thank you.
      It was a horrible ordeal. To have armed men invade your space is a horror. They came into my daughters room. She pretended to be asleep. They rummaged through her things. One with a gun another with a machete watched as a third man crawled about searching her room. They left her room and she jumped up and locked the door. She used her phone to text me in the next room. I reached for the phone and I heard screams from the floor below. Our guest had a gun cocked and pointed at his head. He screamed. The house awakened. We all came out of our rooms. They startled and fled. The people you love were ok. We’re Ok.
      Seconds and reactions could have changed this story dramatically.
      I’m not a celebrity or rich, We saved our money to come to your country for a once in a life time family.

      The good news is Police are working on it and have strong leads.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Think it’s high time everyone stops speculating what country these people are from that are doing this because we all know they’re local. If you have status you’re Caymanian. Now get used to it and instead of spending this crazy amount of money on the dock, invest in the people … policing, add 200 more … putting people in prison for longer than … education … and birth control, a lot of birth control.

    Legalize pot and abortions.

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    • Anonymous says:

      How do you know they have status. There are hundreds of ghost Caymanians (illegal overstayers).

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      • Anonymous says:

        A study of history is an excellent way to predict the present and future. Look at those apprehended and convicted in the past. It is completely reasonable to guess that these criminals are locals; they certainly understand the system.

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      • Anonymous says:

        Cause I just do.

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  4. Anonymous says:

    Most of these crimes are committed by the 100 or so repeat offenders we have. Part of the reason these crimes are so common is that even when the police gather ironclad evidence and charge them, the prosecutors can’t be bothered to prosecute. That is why there are so many more news items regarding the police charging criminals with burglaries, home invasions, etc. and almost no stories of them ever actually going to trial.

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  5. What do you expect? says:

    If your political leaders were more interested in improving the public education system, and less interested in building cruise ship berths, this sort of thing would not be happening in the Cayman Islands.

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    • Anonymous says:

      hmmm….. i don’t think so

      Caymanians get caught because they talk and all know each other

      the Jamaican and Honduran gangs that commit a significant amount of crime on this island are smart enough to keep their mouths shut so they don’t get caught…

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      • What do you expect? says:

        Dude, what the heck are you talking about? Rising crime on this island is a direct result of the poor public education system which “graduates” hundreds of young Caymanians without the proper skills to either join the work force or continue on to higher learning. This isn’t about “getting caught”. It’s about educating our people properly so that they can compete for jobs and university spots. So they don’t have to commit crimes to survive. Simpleton.

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        • Anonymous says:

          “So they don’t have to commit crimes to survive.” And you have the gall to call the person you were responding to a simpleton.

          WTF are you thinking? That being unskilled and undereducated justifies criminal activity? People rise up out of a disadvantaged life by the merits of their own efforts (or not). It’s called growing up — something you probably struggle with. Responsible adults take whatever job they must in order to provide for their families.

          Juveniles with a sense of entitlement beg, steal, rob and assault and snowflakes try to justify those crimes.

          Who, exactly, is the simpleton?

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      • Anonymous says:

        So you’re saying the Caymanian criminals simply aren’t as smart as the Jamaican or Honduran criminals? Interesting analysis.

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      • Anonymous says:

        Honduran gangs?

  6. Anonymous says:

    Hmmm, a good many visitors (especially those from the USA) bring their firearms with them when they travel. We’ve seen this many times (facilitated by poor airport security at their points of departure in USA and revealed by better security on departure from Cayman). All it will takes is one of these gun-toting tourists to be the victim of such a home invasion while on vacation and there goes another criminal in Cayman! Bye, bye thief!

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  7. Anonymous says:

    Cayman really has some sick puppies and not just the ones at he Humane Society. When caught these miscreants should receive more than double the penalty. Disgusting.

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  8. Anonymous says:

    just deport all offenders to cuba prisons…

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  9. Anonymous says:

    If you want a strategy to destroy tourism, the life blood of this island, home invasion is the way to go. There is an aggressive boldness and willingness to violence as necessary ingredients to this type of criminal. Keeping secrets has always been in the Cayman culture. These dangerous criminals need to be caught.

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  10. Anonymous says:

    We got broken into, they had tons of evidence and caught one of the guys just 15 minutes after everything had Happened and they still let him go for “lack of evidence”. I guess finger prints, dna, and multiple witnesses were not enough. All I read into that was that he and the other guy were family to someone and they made it go away.

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  11. Anonymous says:

    Robbery yet again on this island!!! When will a lot of Caymanians stop defending this place with crime as being in comparison to bigger cities and countries. This is a very small island people!! The amount of crime here on a daily basis is horrendous!!
    It’s no good bragging that thousands come here for stay overs and you don’t need the cruise ship people. You certainly will need the cruise ship people, however little they spend, because a few hours here downtown will be all they’ll want and only time they will feel safe. If they do stay over it’ll be like Jamaica, afraid to leave the safety of the hotel complex. Who wants a holiday like that!! At least cruises are safe. No one can enter their cabins to rob or stab them. They don’t fear going out in the evening alone or as a couple. They can sleep soundly in their beds, and that’s what a vacation is all about. Robbing tourists will have an immense impact on tourism to this island, I can assure you of that. These people will be going home and advising their tour operator, families and social media to avoid this island like the plague. You scumbags here have ruined their holiday!! This island totally relies on tourism for its economic growth. Why kill the goose that lays the golden egg.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Blah, blah, blah …..
      By the way, robbing locals has an immense & detrimental impact on their psyche and desire to live on this rock. Do you want to replace them by Cubans?

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      • Anonymous says:

        I’m confused. Do you mean to say Cubians?

        • Anonymous says:

          9:44 pm CUBANS is the correct spellings, you must be the smart ass that’s always correcting people, and don’t have anything meanful thing to say. Caymanians spells with an i in it Jamaicans and Cubans don’t.

  12. Anonymous says:

    The same old thing.
    The same repetitive and mostly dumb and often eye brow raising comments.
    B o r i n g.

    P.S. Glad that the victims are unharmed. visitors in general should not rely on trip advisor comments. It paints inaccurate picture of the Cayman Islands. I believe ”Retrip” is being paid to sugarcoat everything. He is a TA fixture.

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    • Anonymous says:

      For sure. I completely agree. When you see the comment about these visitors being given a script or sound bite to tell everyone when they get back home, we know that the DoT is funding a LOT of good word of mouth.

      Like I say, people are smart. They may come once based on all of the fake TA posts and garbage marketing but once here, they may not come back.

      Authenticity, real photos, and real Cayman life would go a long way.

      But nobody gets that…

  13. Jay says:

    Cant expect to sneak up on the bad guys with them super blue patrol lights and no gun tho. Let’s try a different approach.

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  14. Anonymous says:

    For those knocking the police response times, they might be better if they weren’t forever tied up dealing with local couples battering one another ad nauseam.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Ummmm… they still need cops for that, too.

      Perhaps the better solution would be to get MORE cops!!

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      • Anonymous says:

        Ummmm, yeah, that’s why rcips is still in the middle of a recruitment drive. The point is, one or two units are soon tied up dealing with morons slapping each other around.

      • Anonymous says:

        I think the comment was meant to say couples should not be battering each other and thereby the cops could do something else.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Yikes. Wonder how many times these guys have done this without being caught.

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  16. Anonymous says:

    How about deploying the chopper doesn’t she have night vision or she just for show

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  17. Anonymous says:

    When are we going to wake up to the reality that the police can’t be everywhere all of the time and that we need to be able to defend ourselves and our families from the ever increasing levels of violent crime within our society? These tourists were very lucky that the situation did not become even worse for them.

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    • Anonymous says:

      never. get used to it. this is how things are here. Move to the next topic.
      Flooded AirPort and iconic tower are far more entertaining.

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  18. Anonymous says:

    Oh my, this is horrible for our tourist to go through. These criminals robbing the wrong people. I’m waiting on them and they won’t come. I won’t be calling the police for sure, just Bodden Funeral Home to take the trash out.

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  19. Anonymous says:

    I’d love to know the response time for the popo…

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  20. Anonymous says:

    @2:52 – that’s the problem with this island. Sweeping our dirt under the carpet. As a Caymanian, I can tell you that underneath its glittery, shiny facade, lies a cesspool of crime and corruption.

    Maybe if tourists stop coming government will actually do something about the crime here.

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  21. Annoyed citizen says:

    Of course the police arrived after they left, so that they wouldn’t have to arrest anyone. And from personal experience, their investigation department is useless and won’t be able to find any “useful prints” or anything else that will actually lead them to make any arrests

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  22. Anonymous says:

    Any crimes agaist guest should carry a minimun 50 year sentence.

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  23. Anonymous says:

    Shit families, strike again.

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  24. Anonymous says:

    Would be interesting to know how entry was gained to the house.

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  25. Anonymous says:

    Find them and hang them! Tourists are off limits!

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  26. Anonymous says:

    Hard to send them from the North Side station when THERE’S NOBODY THERE AT NIGHT EVER. Apparently, North Side criminals are expected to conduct their business in the daytime.

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  27. Anonymous says:

    Who will “they” be covering up for this time?

    How long did it take for the RCIPS to get to these people? As long as it takes them to get to a local? Hours? Days?

    Will there be the same investigation for this robbery as there are for the countless other robberies that happen to people that actually LIVE in Cayman? In case you can’t fill in the blanks – little to NO investigation.

    Absolutely these tourists should go back and air their experience!!!!

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    • Carl says:

      Hopefully they will come back more redpilled and understanding of the need for a WALL

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    • Anonymous says:

      I got broken into and robbed back in 2003. Still waiting for the police to finish the fingerprint process and answer why they reported they found stuff in my car (which was stolen) but after it went “to lock up” it has never been seen again!!!

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      I said before and i say again Cayman is too easy on crime, need harder punishment for criminals. If we don’t do something quick cayman will become like our neighbor island . But people don’t seem to care and same for Government . I don’t see or hear any marching on crime. Make laws and carry then out like Singapore.
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    • Anonymous says:

      3:39 if they are from Miami or Chicago it would be considered normal.

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  28. Anonymous says:

    CNS, find out where the Officers were dispatched from.
    If these tourist go back and air their unfortunate experience, no sound bite, rehearsed statement from Tourism Dept, or the Government can repair the damage.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Rehearsed statement!?????

      That says EVERYTHING about how utterly corrupt things are in the Cayman Islands.

      Give these poor people a sound bite and a rehearsed statement!? My gosh.

      Perfect.

      Get the Spin Doctors involved.

      People see right through it, every time.

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    • Anonymous says:

      I wonder if the Police was blasting their sirens to let them know that they was coming, they should only had on their lights flashing and even turn them off when getting close .

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