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Snowbird couple forced to reassess security after East End vacation home burgled

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A Canadian couple told Cayman 27 they are redefining their idea of paradise after their east end vacation getaway was broken into last week.

They returned to Cayman Thursday night to survey the damage, and found the thieves made off with some high-end electronics.

The homeowners say it’s a wake up call. Now, their only response is to beef up security.

“They came in through the this window here in the washroom,” said Andrij Byrdidyr, as he showed Cayman 27 the window where he says police believe thieves gained entry to his vacation home in East End.

“I think the keyword for us was that we felt violated,” said Mr. Byrdidyr.

He and his fiancée Barbara Frackowiak told Cayman 27 their home away from home was broken into last week. Security cameras captured images of an intruder in the home.

Thursday night they arrived in Cayman to get their first look at the damage.

“The curved 50 inch Samsung 4k TV was located right here, the sound bar, and the speakers and the sub-woofer down there is now all gone,” said Mr. Byrdidyr.

Mr. Byrdidyr said while it appears the thieves were after low hanging fruit like cash, electronics, and tools, he said their actions’ ripple effects have forced the couple to change the way they look at security for their slice of paradise.

“We’re very concerned, it means it could happen again,” said Ms. Frackowiack.

“That’s right and really we have to bunker down – exactly what we didn’t want to do,” added Mr. Byrdidyr.

The couple, who both have years of history with the island, told Cayman 27 they are reluctantly taking steps to fortify the property.

“We still love the island, I still think it’s the best island in the Caribbean in terms of safety and amenities and quality of life here, but maybe we have been too naive to think that would last,” said Mr. Byrdidyr.

Mr. Byrdidyr said the saving grace is that the thieves spared at least one item of value.

“Fortunately they did not take the scotch,” he quipped.
The RCIPS said there have been a total of four burglaries reported in East End this month. Police also confirmed that eight burglaries and one attempted burglary were reported in the Rum Point area of North Side between early October and early November.

Police said they are forcefully responding to burglary reports in North Side and East End with police action and increased visibility.

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Joe Avary

Joe Avary

Joe Avary has been with Cayman 27 since 2014. He brings 20 years in television experience to the job, working hard every day to bring the people of Cayman stories that inform the public and make a difference in the community. Joe hopes his love for the Cayman Islands shines through in his informative and entertaining weather reports. If you have a story idea for Joe or just want to say hello, call him at 324-2141 or send an email to

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