‘Numbers’ man robbed in George Town

| 24/06/2021 | 50 Comments

(CNS): A man suspected to be running a numbers game was robbed in a barber’s shop off Eastern Avenue Wednesday night by armed men, CNS has learned. At least one shot was fired during the incident, as three men burst into the shop, which is located by the junction of School Road. According to police, the masked men entered the premises at around 8:30pm, one brandishing a knife and another armed with a gun.

One of the men took a bag containing cash and personal items from a man at the location, who is understood to have been the ‘numbers’ man. No one was injured during the incident but the robber armed with the gun fired a shot before all three of them fled.

The suspects are all described as being dressed in dark clothing. The man with the knife was described as being of dark complexion and about 6’ tall, but no other descriptions have yet been released.

The matter is currently under investigation. Anyone with any information or who may have witnessed the incident or anything suspicious in the area around the time of the incident is asked to contact George Town CID at 949-4222.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    There are many other barber/corner shops, dvd stores, restaurants and clothing stores selling lottery on island. People claims that it’s a struggle to find funds to feed their children and take care of bills, but they find money 4 to 5 times a day to purchase lottery. “Stick a pin” I believe these businesses have a legal business licensed issued by the Cayman Islands Government to operate a legal business, however, they are selling other things illegally. This type of practice also puts a strain on our police force.

  2. Jonathan Adam says:

    The solution is not to legalize gambling as such, as so many seem to think. The solution is to root out at it’s toxic and destruct core the institutionalized corruption which allows this malfeasance to continue unhindered, unmitigated, unaddressed, surreptitiously benefited from and allowed to remain unaccountable from a richly deserved justice and/or by those who engage and/or facilitate/promulgate/obfuscate for said reasons/give tacit collusion to/participate in and/or continue to allow for their own derelict, self interested reasons to the continued detriment of all and sundry. If there was any semblance of a viable, sustainable, equitable and/or worthy system of law and order and/or justice in the Cayman Islands, which there is not, and one which is beholden to and/or accountable to the people of the Cayman Islands in their collective universal entirety, and to the explicit exclusion of any and/or all others, which it is not, then this would have some semblance of hope of being dealt with in an efficacious manner. If the entirety of this supposed justice system, in it’s blackguard and disloyal, derelict and untenable entirety was worth their and/or it’s salt, which they/it are/is not, then those who without nary a shadow of doubt have knowingly facilitated and underhandedly benefited from this criminality, which is to say nothing of the easily foreseeable consequence of violence as a direct result, upon the grounds of their business then they would themselves be right here, right now, be being held to account in the name of that which is right here and right now a heinous status quo bereft of any semblance of justice in any realm of cognitive sanity, of which there most certainly is not.

    • Anonymous says:

      If the people want access to a lottery, it will be impossible to root out that corruption. Maybe educating people on how lotteries negatively affect wealth but as long as there is a demand, someone is going to facilitate the supply no matter how tough you are on corruption. The laws need to reflect the wills and wants of the people but more importantly the people need to be able to make educated decisions.

      • Jonathan Adam says:

        I do not disagree with a lot of what you have stated, however, here are some realities which have to be taken into account;

        1) There is a definitive presence of reticence by the police to hold accountable the business owners themselves. Under no uncertain circumstances, they were and are aware of the activities. As such, they themselves are complicit at the very least.

        2) It is a well know fact, incontrovertible and well known, that regardless of the legality of gambling operations, said operations are not only open to the infiltration of criminal syndicates but also are far more often than not surreptitiously owned and operated by them. Regardless of any and/or all hollow rhetoric and PR shiite which may seek to pervert the truth of this, said reality is what it is.

        3) There is no doubt that as it pertains to the constructs which we are governed by, inclusive of the entirety of the ‘justice system’, that said system is by definition not first and foremost held accountable to the Cayman Islands and her people to the exclusively and to the explicit exclusion of any and/or all others. This is, ipso facto, an untenable construct which from it’s very inception is designed to deny the people of the Cayman Islands a valid system of not only law and order but also justice.

        These are realities which cannot be ignored into perpetuity, for if they are, one should not be surprised or exhibit any more fake outrage at the slippery slope which the Cayman Islands is on now and promises to do nothing except for becoming ever more extremely detrimental to all and sundry and exponentially destructive to all and sundry, and I do mean ALL of us.

        I personally could not give one hair of one of these rat’s hairy little bottoms about whether or not they or anybody else gambles, or if they get full up with so much hot lead that I could use them for a fishing weight. That is not my concern. It is the tangential damage to all of us which is at stake here.

        As such, there is no doubt that the core root of institutionalized corruption in and of the Cayman Islands, from the inside out and the outside in, is not only a clear and present danger to but is also something which demands it being recognized/acknowledged/addressed and rectified forthwith. Those who ignore this reality are not worthy of being a Caymanian in the first place, and that does not matter if one’s own bloodline has been here for centuries or if one got off of the plane yesterday.

        Anyone with a modicum of knowledge and understanding about the history of Cuba can easily identify said reality, and the consequences therein, to any given society when these compounded injustices, inequities and criminal syndicates are allowed to continue unhindered and unmitigated in any real, valid and/or tenable way. Hell, even those so enamoured with the gangster lifestyle depicted in Hollywood should be able to see the end of the road for the man and his ‘little friend’.

        The writing is on the wall.

        There are none so blind as those who refuse to see.

  3. Anonymous says:

    imagine the amount of #worldclass civil servants the gov could hire to run casino / gambling operations!!!!!

  4. Anonymous says:

    That’s what happens when you try to be the Caribbean version of Sam ‘Ace’ Rothstein

  5. Anonymous says:

    Legalize it all.

  6. Kman says:

    Time to legalise gambling yet highly doubt it’ll happen as there are way too many Mr. Bigs and Fixers involved in the numbers. Legalisation is certainly the best option yet its illegal so it involves racketeering, corruption, drugs, extortion, prostitution and the dark belly underworld of Cayman. Unless there’s a brave Premier who’ll push it to have a National Lottery and Gambling the Churches will continue to draw the line that numbers isn’t a sin🤐. The Ecuadorian man who was murdered several years ago in Cayman was because he was a numbers dealer, another guy was violently robbed of $40K in Windsor Park about 10 years should have been the wake up call to legalise gambling.
    About $2-3milion leaves Cayman every month as numbers are mainly played in Honduras, Dominica Republic or Jamaica, that’s about $50-60 million going out of Cayman annually that could be used to fund education, health care, social programmes and add to the Government reserves.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yep. No games of chance. That’s a sin. But we’ll get blind drunk and beat up our wives, mistresses, bar managers and the like. That’s a harmless hobby.

  7. Anonymous says:

    This is a small country, this may work.
    Have a database of all the citizens and residents over the age of 18, note their employment status and how are they supporting themselves on island, if they are not working.

  8. ThIs WrItInG Is VeRy IrRiTaTiNg says:

    Which crime are the police trying to solve here? The illegal lottery, the robbery or the unlicensed fire arm?

  9. Anonymous says:

    Lottery Authority office space rental $250 per annum.
    Director of Lottery Authority salary $150K + vehicle + pension + health insurance.
    CFO of Lottery Authority salary $120K + vehicle etc.
    Lottery ticket machines plus independent auditors and security to prevent someone scamming the system.
    Add a lot more staff and benefits then recalculate the income necessary to make it viable.

  10. Anonymous says:

    The government was offering prizes in exchange for a jab.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Importation of 3rd world labor from the Philippines, Jamaica and Honduras will bring with it bad drivers and criminals. Policing needs to be increased and we need more Canadian Cops.

    • Anonymous says:

      But they are the ones doing the work that the others will not do.

    • Anonymous says:

      No shortage of our own bad drivers and criminals dude.

    • Anonymous says:

      Oh give it a rest will you. I’m getting really fed up with hearing about how all of the criminals on the island are imported from other countries.
      If that’s the case, why are there so many Caymanians in jail and why do Cayman citizens have one of the highest rates of criminal records in the world? And how are all of the work permit holders providing clean police records to be accepted here. Sure, there may be some bad people in all populations, but to keep blaming crime on people not born here is frankly insulting.

    • Anonymous says:

      8.56am Replace Philippines with Dominican Republic and you’ll be correct.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Will the PACT Government pass stiff gambling penalties or legalise numbers.

    Or do we wait for another numbers man or woman to get killed.

  13. Anonymous says:

    I wonder if this the number man who work on the corner of Flow building every single day well dressed Or the person who sits in the car and sell from their car all day. I think its time police removed them. As there is always so much traffic in and out of there by ALL KIND OF PEOPLE BUYING NUMBERS in government vehicles, company vehicles, private vehicles, by bikes, and by foot traffic.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Hey CIMA! How come this actual money laundering occurs in the open with no action by any of our robust law enforcers, while you get excited over whether a passport copy is in color?

  15. Anonymous says:

    Fun fact: Police know who the “numbers men” are and nothing is done because the police are buying numbers as well!

    Bring in a national lottery now PACT!

  16. Gray Matter says:

    There goes my Winnings.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Legalize & regulate ‘numbers’ into National Lottery! $$$ will remain here instead of illegally going to Jamaica and Honduras!!

  18. Anonymous says:

    Like ganja, if a local lottery was legal, this stupidity wouldn’t happen.

    I love that the imbecile fired a round. The amount of evidence and police interest in the case, just grew exponentially.

    • Anonymous says:

      20,000 people enter at $1 per person

      Gowernment takes a 20% cut so $4,000 revenue a week or quarter million KYD a year.

      Someone here gets blessed with $16,000 every week.

      Illegal gambling and consequences suddenly plummet.

      Nah, this too open minded for Cayman. Smh stuck in 1921 forever.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Wha happn if my numba play Sunday?

  20. Anonymous says:


    • Anonymous says:

      Turning Cayman into Jamaica with on a daily basis, facilitated by lax or non existent law enforcement at nearly every step. Where are our police from? Whose standards are they applying?

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