DATE: 2023-09-07 01:00 LOCATION: Trinidad and Tobago – Trinidad – Chaguaramas – Anchorage EVENT: Theft HAND: 1 STOLEN ITEMS: Avon dinghy (SN AVB14263B19) and 15HP Yamaha engine (SN 1174350) SECURED: Locked DETAILS: A yacht arrived in Trinidad and took a mooring near Peakes. Overnight while asleep onboard their in-the-water and cable locked Avon dinghy (SN AVB14263B19) / 15HP Yamaha engine (SN 1174350) was stolen.
Reports were made to the police, Coast Guard and the marina.
CSSN NOTE: Recently there have been several dinghy thefts in this bay, as well as incidents of attempted robbery and assault. Dinghy thieves have come prepared with tools, so lifting and securely locking should be considered a best practice.
DATE: 2023-08-11 19:00 LOCATION: Trinidad and Tobago – Trinidad – Chaguaramas – Anchorage EVENT: Theft HAND: 1 STOLEN ITEMS: wallet and contents SECURED: Not Locked DETAILS: A fisherman approached an anchored yacht to sell fish, and was invited aboard by the singlehander captain. The fisherman also offered the services of a prostitute, which were declined. After accepting a drink the fisherman departed.
The next day the captain realized his wallet/contents had been stolen. This same fisherman had violently assaulted another singlehander captain, and a police report was made. See CSSN ALERT! 3072.
A police report was made, and the police have identified a suspect but have not been successful in locating the man.
CSSN will as a matter of policy update this report if new information from the police is made available. ID: 3088
DATE: 2023-08-02 20:00 LOCATION: Trinidad and Tobago – Trinidad – Scotland Bay EVENT: Assault HAND: 1 STOLEN ITEMS: cash, 2 phones, 1 tablet and all credit cards, dive mask SECURED: N/A DETAILS: A singlehander anchored his yacht in Scotland Bay, Trinidad. No other yachts were present. He purchased fish from a local fisherman. The fisherman returned again a few days later accompanied by a prostitute and again offered fish and also services. The services were declined and the 2 were invited onboard for a drink.
The captain was knocked unconscious and awoke in a daze sometime later with severe head injuries. He asked the fisherman for help and assistance with transit to the hospital. The fisherman asked for money. When the captain went below to get his wallet, he found that it had been emptied of all cash and credit cards, and realized he had been robbed. Also missing were 2 phones and a tablet. He asked the two to leave, and they departed.
The captain managed to take his boat to Chaguaramas late that night and received assistance from other cruisers. He was taken immediately to the hospital and admitted.
After discharge he returned to his yacht and a full report was made to the police, and later to his consulate.
Police have identified a suspect but have not been successful in locating/apprehending the man. He is also suspected in another incident of theft, see CSSN ALERT! 3088.
CSSN will as a matter of policy update this report if new information from the police is made available. ID: 3072
DATE: 2023-08-16 07:30 LOCATION: Trinidad and Tobago – Trinidad – Chaguaramas – Anchorage EVENT: Attempted Robbery HAND: 1 STOLEN ITEMS: not successful SECURED: Not Locked DETAILS: A fisherman boarded an anchored yacht uninvited while the captain was below in the galley. When the captain discovered his presence he pushed the intruder who dropped the items he had wrapped in a tshirt to steal and departed.
The fisherman returned 5 minutes later with a 50cm knife and attempted to retrieve the tshirt/items but was again repelled by the captain. He again paddled away.
The captain launched his dinghy and located the fisherman, then called the police. The police confiscated the knife and then took the fisherman away. The victim went to the police station and made a report.
Police released the fisherman several hours later, and advised the victim that nothing had been taken so no actual charges were made. ID: 3089
DATE: 2023-07-15 01:00 LOCATION: Trinidad and Tobago – Trinidad – Chaguaramas – Anchorage EVENT: Theft HAND: 2 STOLEN ITEMS: 40HP Yamaha outboard SECURED: Unknown DETAILS: Overnight the 40HP Yamaha outboard was stolen from an unoccupied workboat in the anchorage. No further details are available. ID: 3069