String of burglaries, police foil Monday morning robbery at Tortuga Rum Company

Police are reporting that over the weekend, nine burglaries were reported across the island.

Five of the reported nine burglaries occurred at commercial properties.

Police also used the opportunity to report that an early morning robbery attempt at the Tortuga Rum Company on Northwest Point Road was thwarted by officers on patrol. 

According to a report from the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS), at around 4:30 am on Monday, March 20 they were alerted to a robbery in progress.

When they arrived, two men were reported exiting the rear of premises toward a pickup truck with its engine running.

 The men were ordered to stop by the lawmen but they did not comply.

Instead, they began running in opposite directions.

One of the men, age 22 of West Bay, was detained and arrested.

The second man who escaped police ran on NW Point Road toward the Cracked Conch; he escaped near the Cayman Automotive Museum.

The 22-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of burglary and theft of a motor vehicle and is currently in Police custody.

Officers determined that the pickup truck being used in the ordeal had been reported stolen.

This incident comes on the heels of a busy weekend, during which nine burglaries were reported across the island.

“We recognize that burglaries continue to be a significant problem across the islands,” said Robbie Graham, Superintendent of Uniform Operations.

 “Therefore we have undertaken more proactive police work in addition to our regular policing plans, with the aim of disrupting burglars and other criminal activity, as in this instance, “added Graham.