DATE: 2019-03-02 00:00 Country Name: Panama Location Detail: Portobello EVENT: Burglary HAND: 1 Stolen Items: 15HP Yamaha outboard engine SECURED: Locked DETAILS: An unoccupied and locked catamaran in the bay was burgled between 2/24/2019 and 3/3/2019. The thieves gained access by damaging the sliding door, and stole the outboard engine that was stored inside. The outboard had been securely locked to the inside of the hull with 8mm stainless steel chain and a padlock. A police report was made.
DATE: 2019-01-13 23:00 Country Name: Panama Location Detail: Portobello EVENT: Attempted robbery HAND: 1 Stolen Items: not successfully boarded, deterred by large dog SECURED: N/A DETAILS: A panga with 4+ men attempted to board a cruising yacht anchored in the bay at around 2300 HRS. Surprised, the owner came on deck and responded aggressively verbally, and was only able to dissuade the hostile boarders when his large, 60 lb. dog came on deck. Holstered pistols were visible to the captain.
After departing the panga lit up and then attempted to engage with another nearby yacht. The owner spoke Spanish and after much angry yelling the panga departed. Earlier this same night a cruising yacht was boarded by armed men, and the occupants’ pistol whipped and robbed at gun point. See Prior report.
CSSN UPDATE 02/02/2019 : This report has been updated to reflect its new firsthand status. Additionally, the victims reported this incident shortly after it occurred to their consular officials in Panama. They have had followup contact with the police in Panama. However, there have been no results in the investigation – no arrests or any recovery of the stolen items. Police did visit the yacht, but did not collect any forensic evidence.
DATE: 2019-01-13 21:30 Country Name: Panama Location Detail: Portobello EVENT: Assault HAND: 1 Stolen Items: Currency, personal electronics SECURED: Unknown DETAILS: A private yacht with 3 of 7 crew onboard was approached by 6 men armed with handguns, using the pretence of selling water at 2130 HRS. They boarded aggressively and hit one crew member in the head with a gun and then spent considerable time ransacking the boat, terrorizing the crew that was made to lay on the floor all the while the armed boarders repeatedly yelled “cocaine, cocaine”. Cash, phones, computers and electronics were taken. Jewelry was left behind, no drugs were (found) onboard.
Coincidentally, the yachts tender, with the 4 remaining crew returned to the boat, which hastened the thieves’ departure without making further direct contact. A full police report was made, to local police and Aeronaval.
CSSN NOTE: Attempts to board other yachts in the anchorage were made this same night most likely by this same group of armed thieves. One later boarding was only deterred when the owner’s large dog made its presence known on deck. (See next report) Details of some other attempts/boardings are incomplete. If you were a victim, of a boarding or attempted boarding, PLEASE contact CSSN and complete an online incident report.
DATE: 2018-12-20 01:00 Country Name: Panama Location Detail: San Blas East Lemon Cays EVENT: Theft HAND: 2 Stolen Items: dinghy anchor SECURED: Not Locked DETAILS: A stainless steel dinghy anchor was stolen from inside a hoisted dinghy overnight while the owner slept on board. This is the 3rd theft of this nature from this anchorage this month. No further details are available.
DATE: 2018-11-23 02:00 Country Name: Panama Location Detail: San Blas East Lemon Cays EVENT: Theft HAND: 3 Stolen Items: Jerry can/contents SECURED: Not Locked DETAILS: While owners slept a jerry can/contents were stolen from the deck. It is not known if a police report was made.