DATE: 2020-02-22 01:00 LOCATION: Panama – Bocas del Toro EVENT: Attempted theft HAND: 2 STOLEN ITEMS: nothing, not successful SECURED: Locked DETAILS: Overnight an attempt was made to burglarize 2 unoccupied yachts in Saigon Bay. This was the unsuccessful attempt. The other yacht had kite boards stolen from the locked interior. ID: 2458
DATE: 2020-02-22 01:00 LOCATION: Panama – Bocas del Toro EVENT: Burglary HAND: 2 STOLEN ITEMS: Kite boards from inside locked yacht SECURED: Locked DETAILS: Overnight an unoccupied but locked yacht in Saigon Bay was burglarized. The thief broke in through a hatch and stole kite boards. An unsuccessful attempt was also made on a second unoccupied yacht in this bay. It is not known if a police report was made.
CSSN NOTE: If you are the owner/victim please complete an easy CSSN online report. ID: 2457
DATE: 2019-11-08 19:00 Country Name: Panama Location Detail: Bahia Nombre de Dios EVENT: Assault HAND: 1 Stolen Items: Everything SECURED: N/A DETAILS: UPDATED REPORT: This report replaces our prior preliminary report. The victims made contact with CSSN and provided additional details about the event.
A monohull sailing yacht with 4 men and 2 women onboard departed Linton Bay, and due to unfavorable conditions made an unplanned stop in Bahia Nombre de Dios, anchoring there at about 13:00 HRS. There were no other yachts present in the bay.
At about 19:00 HRS, just after dark they were approached and overrun by 8 men who arrived in 3-4 pangas (engineless boats). The men concealed their faces and had hand guns (1 semi-automatic and a revolver) and knives. The crew was restrained and for approximately 45 minutes the men stole everything they could – cash, personal devices, boat electronics and gear, clothing, liquor and cigarettes.
After the robbers departed the crew was able to remove their restraints and they returned to Linton Bay and berthed at the marina. The women were taken to the hospital for evaluation/treatment. Reports were made to the police, CG, port captain, and the home country consular officials contacted.
The Panamanian police began their investigation and have made 6 arrests as of 12 November 2019.
CSSN NOTE: There have been similar incidents reported in this same bay in the recent past. The first occurred in July 2019, and the most recent less than a week prior.
DATE: 2019-11-03 20:30 Country Name: Panama Location Detail: Bahia Nombre de Dios EVENT: Assault HAND: 1 Stolen Items: cash, communications devices,electronics, boat and personal gear SECURED: N/A DETAILS: A monohull was one of 2 or 3 boats anchored in Bahia Nombre de Dios. At 20:30 HRS five (5) young Spanish speaking men, faces covered and armed with hand guns, approached in silence and entered the cabin guns first. The 2 persons on board were taken by surprise and were slightly injured in the early scuffle, but cooperated as the armed men ransacked for about 30 minutes and stole cash, communications devices, electronics and personal items. The yacht departed immediately for Linton Bay that night, where they made reports to the police, coast guard, and port captain.
CSSN News – August 23, 2019. We recently published an ALERT! about a dinghy/outboard theft in Linton Bay, Panama.
Owners have informed CSSN that the police were not at all helpful in recovering the outboard, so they offered a reward for its return via the local community. The outboard is now back in their possession.