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.
CSSN does not generally include crimes committed against cruisers ashore in our database, but in some cases we do publish a NEWs item. A cruising couple visiting Bonaire provided the following firsthand report.
In the very early hours of February 7, 2016, as they were returning to the Harbour Village Marina where their boat was berthed, a cruising couple was robbed at gunpoint. They were walking along the northern portion of the waterfront “playa” road when two men yelled and approached. One held a gun and pointed it at the man, then demanded the woman drop her handbag to the ground, which she did. They backed away and the thieves grabbed the handbag (containing charge cards/cellphone). The couple was allowed to depart unharmed. A few minutes later they reached the marina and a call was made to the police, who are investigating. The victims suggest that walking in a group might have prevented this armed robbery.
DATE: 2016-08-21 Country Name: Trinidad/Tobago Location Detail: Tobago Buccoo Bay EVENT: Robbery Stolen Items: Two mobile phones and cash SECURED: Locked DETAILS: At approximately 9:45 PM four adult family members were returning from the weekly Sunday school dancing event when they were accosted by 2 young men (about 20 years old) with machetes as they were preparing to launch their beached dinghy which had been locked to a tree near the carpark.
The men demanded cash and grabbed one of the bags that had been put into the dinghy. The captain grabbed a paddle and the group started yelling loudly and the men fled into the woods. The police were summoned by security at the festival location and a full report was made.
CSSN has received a first person report from the victim. The initial second hand report was incorrect on location. The victims were returning to their charter yacht in Salt Whistle Bay, not Saline Bay, on the small island of Mayreau when they were threatened with a machete, and then robbed. CSSN and the cruising community appreciates first hand reports! See full Updated Report.
DATE: 2016-04-18 Country Name: SVG Location Detail: Salt Whistle Bay EVENT: Robbery Stolen Items: cash, credit cards, cellphone, keys, glasses SECURED: N/A DETAILS: Two charter guests were threatened with a machete and robbed when returning to the boat after an evening ashore. Cash, credit cards, cellphone, keys and glasses were taken. Reported to the SVG police by phone, and they came to the boat the next day to complete the report. No injuries. Additional details reported in the local press.
UPDATED REPORT: Robbery in Mayreau, SVG 4-18-16
CSSN has received a first person report from the victim. The initial second hand report was incorrect on location. The victims were returning to their charter yacht in Salt Whistle Bay, not Saline Bay, on the small island of Mayreau when they were threatened with a machete, and then robbed. CSSN and the cruising community appreciates first hand reports!