DATE: 2019-01-13 21:30 Country Name: Panama Location Detail: Portobello EVENT: Robbery HAND: 2 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: 2018-10-23 23:00 Country Name: Panama Location Detail: Linton Bay EVENT: Robbery HAND: 2 Stolen Items: Cash, wallets, credit cards, cell phones, cameras, laptops and i Pads
SECURED: Not Locked
DETAILS: A charter catamaran was boarded and robbed at gunpoint by 3 armed men, who arrived at the boat by panga at about 23:00 hrs. Stolen at gunpoint were cash, credit cards, phones, and personal electronics, etc. There were no injuries. The thieves departed in an easterly direction, toward Isla Grande.
CSSN NOTE: Details are not complete for this report, unfortunately. A similar incident apparently occurred a month earlier, as well as another on this same night, but neither were reported to CSSN with sufficient detail. Cruisers, the Linton Bay Marina staff and the Aeronaval have now instituted nighttime patrols in the area.
DATE: 2018-06-16 10:00 Country Name: Grenada Location Detail: Grenada Mt. Hartman Bay EVENT: Robbery HAND: 2 Stolen Items: handbag SECURED: N/A DETAILS: Two women walking in the Dove Sanctuary were robbed of a handbag by a man wielding a machete. A police report was made. This path is used often by cruisers, and was the site of an attempted sexual assault in 2015.
DATE: 2018-05-03 21:00 Country Name: Colombia Location Detail: Cartegena EVENT: Robbery HAND: 1 Stolen Items: Cash, tablet, smartphones, camera, laptop, powerbanks, SUP paddleboard SECURED: Locked DETAILS: A yacht with 3 persons onboard arrived and anchored near the control tower at 8PM. About an hour later a small boat came alongside with 4 men armed with knives and machetes. They showed their weapons, boarded, and quickly tied up the 2 men, and sent the woman below to collect the yachts valuables (cash, smartphones, tablet ,laptop, chargers and camera). They appeared to be high, and asked for drugs (none provided). They took the SUP and departed after about 30 minutes. No one was injured.
After making a VHF call to the control tower to report the armed robbery, the crew upped anchor and moved close to the Club Nautico marina docks where there is a security patrol. A report was made the next day on the local VHF net.
DATE: 2017-04-06 20:00 Country Name: Honduras Location Detail: Guanaja Graham’s place EVENT: Robbery HAND: 1 Stolen Items: Cash, iPads, cellphone, electronics, cameras, monitors, fuel tank, propane cylinder, plus more SECURED: Not Locked DETAILS: A yacht with 2 persons onboard anchored off Graham’s Place around 4PM , and visited the palapa ashore. They met a man who identified himself by name and then asked several questions about thier planned stay, and number of persons on board.
At 8 PM they were boarded by 4 armed men (3 – 9mm handguns, 1 rifle) ,wearing military style pants, 2 hooded, and all wearing ranger type boots. One of the men was the man they had met earlier at the palapa. The men demanded all things of value and threatened to kill the crew if they made any noise or resisited. The captain/crew complied, and the men departed with cash, electronics, iPads, cameras, cellphone, a gas tank, and a propane cylinder after threatening to return if any report was made.
A detailed report was made to the police and the port captain.