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Late hours are better for robbers

As the saying goes, ‘be careful what you wish for, because you just might get it.’ After fighting for equal opportunities on the the liquor market, one shop keeper says thieves are now cashing in on a hard earned victory.

Tortuga CEO Robert Hamaty said, “My view is that the later it gets, is the more criminals pay attention to the hours to attack the store.”

Back in 2013 several liquor store owners came together and lobbied the licensing board to level the playing field, Mr. Hamaty was one them. Now he says the increase in store hours have brought with it unwanted guests.

It may seem like the simple solution is just to close the doors earlier, but Mr. Hamaty says as a businessman that’s a decision he can not afford to make.

He said, “We have no problem rolling back to 6 o’clock but it’s a big competition and so everybody would have to roll back.
Other wise we would be operating a business at a disadvantage.”

Mr Hamaty says they have taken great steps to help increase security over the years at his stores and when robberies occur their main priority is the safety of their staff.

“We have taken all the precautions that we can for our staff and they have all been taught and the policy [of] no resistance. Because that’s the worst thing you could do, is to try to become a hero, and we as a company would prefer to take a loss than to see anybody get hurt,” he said.

An undisclosed sum of cash was taken during the robbery. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the George Town Police Station at 949-4222.

About the author

Andrel Harris

Andrel Harris

After completing high school in Cayman, Andrel Harris joined the news team as a Reporter Trainee in 2013. Now he serves as a reporter/producer, as well as the 'Cayman 27 Today' anchor. He also contributes to the talk shows and present weather forecasts. He hails from the district of North Side.

"Working with Cayman 27 has been a rewarding and eye opening experience. Through the power of the media, I've been able to help give a voice to the people living in Cayman." - Andrel Harris

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