Some scary moments for Burger King employees last night, when armed robbers struck outside the building after closing time.
Two masked men pointed a gun at an employee, stealing her purse, but they failed to gain entry to the restaurant.
“They were very shook up, but no one got hurt,” said Operations Manager Frank Dallas.
He said employees on the late shift at the Walkers Road Burger King had just locked up, when they were ambushed.
“Someone came out from the bushes in the back here and put a gun to them and asked them to get back into the building,” said Mr. Dallas.
He told Cayman 27 his employees were unable to gain entry back into the restaurant, so the two masked men with a gun settled for the next best thing.
“They scared the crew and they stole the manager’s purse, and all the keys and her drivers license and everything, so what happened, we just changed the locks for the restaurant,” he said.
He said the safety of his employees comes first. The incident has already prompted Burger King to make some policy changes.
“What we decided to do now, is immediately, all the lights, in parking lots and building lights will be on until the next morning due to security reasons,” said Mr. Dallas.
He said, like cockroaches, crooks like Wednesday night’s gun-toting purse snatchers tend to scatter once the lights come on.
“We’ve just got to be more cautious and be aware of our surroundings and pay more attention,” said Mr. Dallas.
He told Cayman 27, being prepared for armed robberies, once unheard of in Cayman, is now just a part of the new normal.
“It is very frustrating, because I remember these were far fetched, they would never happen,” said Mr. Dallas.
According to police, the 9-1-1 call came in at about 11:45 PM.
Mr. Dallas said another employee heard the manager’s screams as he was driving away from the restaurant, and placed the call.
The Burger King robbery is, according to our newsroom tally of reported incidents, the eighth armed robbery of the year.
Police told Cayman 27 no shots were fired, and no one was injured.