A midday break-in on April 3 occurring during the 30-minute absence of the householders is the latest incident in a rash of at least nine confirmed burglaries reported in Riberas del Pilar since the first of the year.
According to the account posted on Facebook by neighbors, thieves kicked in the property’s gate and used crow bars to gain access to the house. They made off with two iPads, a television set and other assorted valuables, along with the victims’ passports and important personal papers.
Chapala police arrived promptly and were said to have been “very helpful.” At last report the victims were preparing to file a denuncia (criminal complaint) at the local Ministerio Pública (MP), equivalent to the District Attorney’s office.
Chapala Public Security chief Adán Domínguez avows that this is precisely the proper way of dealing with such misfortunes.
“If there is no denuncia, then officially nothing happened,” he stressed during an exclusive interview with The Guadalajara Reporter last week. He underscored this posture adding, “If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.”
Given that the identification, capture and eventual prosecution of burglars is rare in this country, Domínguez cites a recent case that points to the value of going through the motions. Based on reports that prompted a police investigation, establishment of a modus operandi and patrol tactics, on February 22 officers caught members of a criminal gang red-handed as they were leaving a Chapala property in possession of stolen goods and marijuana.