(CMR) Local residents are concerned that idle young men are targeting vehicles to set them on fire after burglarizing them in the South Sound area of George Town. There have been at least two known instances of this in the past month.
The first incident happened around 5:00 am about four weeks ago in the vicinity of the Rugby Club. It appears that multiple cars were targetted in the same apartment complex. The burglars appear to be trying car handles until they find a vehicle that is unlocked. Then after rummaging through the vehicles, they are setting them on fire – likely in an attempt to destroy any forensic evidence.
The security guard had just left the area to conduct his final round for his shift; before the vandals struck. The vehicle owner believes they may have taken a watch that was left in the car. After that, they used a towel and a bag of items destined for the charity thrift shop to set the blaze.
That vehicle sustained significant damage and other cars next to it were also damaged to a lesser extent. Sources indicate the owner was responsible for the repair of the parking space, adjoining vehicles and the complete loss of her own car. She shared with CMR:
I have certainly learned a lesson. Keep your car doors locked. This was a tough lesson but now I know not to make it so easy for them.Distraught car owner
Several other persons in the same complex believe that two other vehicles were also targetted but sustained no noticeable damage.
The second incident also happened at another complex in South Sound over this past weekend around 3:00 am Sunday morning. The suspects were observed on security video footage; trying the door handles of other vehicles before setting their sites on the unlocked Honda CRV. The 3 men are seen riffling through the vehicle and then setting it on fire. In this case, the blaze was not as extensive as the first incident due to the fact that fire was not able to properly ignite.
This owner shared her dismay on her social media page stating that:
Cayman is not the safe place it once was, where you could leave your front door open all night and cars could be left with keys still inside!25-year resident
Multiple complaints are that the police have been a bit slow to provide any updates on how the investigation is coming along or providing a full report. Should anyone have information they are encouraged to contact the local police station.
Anonymous tips can be provided directly to the RCIPS via our Confidential Tip Line at 949-7777, or via their website. Tips can also be submitted anonymously via the Miami-based call centre of Crime Stoppers at 800-8477(TIPS), or online.