Dominican Republic, Luperon: Burglary – December 2019
Following a year of no security issues in Luperon, a visiting yacht was burgled at night while the crew were ashore.
Published 3 years ago
DATE: 2019-12-29 21:00
LOCATION: Dominican Republic – Luperon
STOLEN ITEMS: jewelry
SECURED: Not Locked
A yacht arrived for its first visit in Luperon and took a mooring. They went ashore and completed check-in procedures with Customs and Immigration. They queried the Capitania about any other requirements, and he shrugged. Later, back at the yacht, a boat with two uniformed Navy persons with automatic weapons arrived to complete an inspection. They conducted a very thorough investigation and found a key hidden outside and also a jewelry pouch that was well hidden deep in a locker. They completed their report and asked for a “gratuity” and were given a small sum (USD 10), and they departed.
Later the crew went ashore from 7-10 PM, when they returned to the yacht the door was locked as they had left it, but the crew was unsure if all closed hatches had been locked. Upon entering a sleeping cabin they discovered the jewelry pouch sitting on the bed and open, and all but 2 pieces missing. Left behind was some costume jewelry, everything else had been taken (rings, watches, necklaces, earrings). No other lockers seemed to be disturbed, and no electronics were taken – tablets, camera, TV, printer, router, were all visible and out.
The crew was understandably concerned about the roles officials may have taken in this theft. They departed the Dominican Republic on good weather a few days later. No police report was made before departure.
CSSN NOTE: The victims have indicated a willingness to complete a police report by email/phone. Stakeholders in Luperon are asked to encourage the correct Police party to contact CSSN at [email protected] to facilitate this process.
Subsequently CSSN have published reports on an empty boat (owners away) being burgled in January 2020 and an un-locked boat with a large dog on board being burgled in February 2020 in Luperon.