(CMR) The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS) in a release on Sunday said that a burgundy SUV, believed to have been used as a getaway vehicle by thieves on Saturday night had been recovered.
The RCIPS confirmed that the vehicle had been stolen earlier in the evening prior to the robberies.
The police in the release also revealed that a shot was fired at the Czech Inn Restaurant during the robbery.
Reports are that during the first robbery, at the Rollin Convenience Shop on Seymour Drive just before 10:50PM, one masked man entered the shop during the first robbery, brandished a firearm and demanded cash.
Two men entered the restaurant, during the second robbery incident, and were both masked. Quantities of cash were taken in both incidents. Only one firearm was seen during the course of these robberies.
A shot has been confirmed to have been fired at the Czech Inn Restaurant during the robbery, and a man at the restaurant was sprayed with what is believed to be pepper spray.
The man was assisted by police after the incident and was not seriously harmed.
The culprits were seen leaving both locations in a dark red SUV. Officers quickly responded to the incidents and sighted a vehicle answering this description on Hirst Road after the second robbery.
They signalled for the vehicle to stop, but it sped on.
Police followed the vehicle to a location on Victory Avenue, where two men in the vehicle disembarked and fled on foot.
The men then fired at police, and officers returned fire. The men escaped from the area. No officers were injured.
A K9 officer quickly deployed to the area, but lost the scent of the men near a swampy region nearby.
“What occurred last night were intolerable acts by persons with a reckless disregard for our islands,” said Deputy Commissioner Kurt Walton.
“It is extremely important that anyone with any information about these robberies, or who may have seen this vehicle earlier in the evening before the robberies, reaches out to us however they can, even anonymously,” added Walton.