DATE: 2019-12-29 21:00
LOCATION: Dominican Republic – Luperon
STOLEN ITEMS: jewellery
SECURED: Not Locked
DETAILS: A yacht arrived for its first visit in Luperon and took a mooring. They went ashore and completed checkin 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 out side and also a jewellery 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 jewellery pouch sitting on the bed and open, and all but 2 pieces missing. Left behind was some costume jewellery, 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 were 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to facilitate this process.