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Just as a warning to all! I was in my car outside of Benno's Computer on the Librimento waiting for my husband. I had the windows open because it was warm outside and was reading my email on my cell phone. A Mexican man came up to me on the driver's side and pointed to some keys on the ground next to my car and asked if they were mine. I opened the car door to pick them up and said they were not mine. My wallet was on the passenger side floor mat sitting up next to the divider. While I was distracted picking up the keys another person apparently reached in the window and stole my wallet (they were not my keys!) Lesson learned - never have your windows opened when driving or parked and always have your car locked whether you are in it or not! These were very experienced thieves looking for an opportunity. Within 15 minutes they had gone to Chapala and used my Mexican bank debit card to the tune of 18,000+ Mexican at Soriana's. Mexican banks do not refund money when your card is used. So take heed!
Was at the Bancomer ATM at Walmarts at 1:06pm today Tuesday and was withdrawing money. Noticed a very large white man in Khaki shorts, large smooth head, large nose and I believe a hat but it was hanging by a strap right behind him. I withdrew my money and being nervous about a line behind me left the card in but I was standing afterwards nearby checking my grocery receipt. This fellow after me, withdrew 2,000 pesos without a qualm. Luckily for those that do not know, you can apply for an instant email alert for any withdrawals through the Bancomer bank and just about 4 hours later I was checking my email and discovered the theft and cancelled my card through the phone. So it is not always the natives to suspect when money is stolen, just to let you know. Do PM me if you want the details on how to check your balance and get the email alerts for any withdrawals. I was upset that Bancomer, Ajijic said I would not receive any refund because it was reported after 1:30pm and not if reported the same day. Still, I opened a security search of some sort and may (probably not) but hopefully receive a refund.
Tonight between 6 - 8 PM the tenants in the casita that share my yard were robbed while out for dinner. The deadbolt lock on the steel door facing the street was punched out as was the lock on the gate to enter the garden that we share. Their casita was ransacked quietly and it appeared the robbers knew what they were looking for as they found the valuables without disturbing everything which led the couple to think it may have been someone who did work in the house. I was home and sitting by the terrace doors, which were open. I was up and down, moving around the house but lights were on. I know the robber(s) came up the steps to my terrace and opened the gate, as it was open when we discovered the locks jimmied and I always keep it closed. I remember closing it earlier tonight after installing a new motion sensor light (ironic). I called the police on the chapala number, not the emergency number, and they were here within 2 minutes. They were professional and thorough. Within 5 or 10 minutes a second police unit arrived with an english speaking officer. I had rang the doorbell of the neighbor who speaks spanish and he came over to assist. The officers took pictures of the damaged locks, the ransacked areas and were very patient and calm. The items taken were small - cash, jewelry, a laptop and wallet. I assume the burglars were not armed otherwise I expect they would have entered my house as well. I was on my laptop and it is visible from the terrace doors. I am thankful they didn't come any closer than opening the gate but am spooked as the gate is visible from where I was sitting. I am sorry I sprayed some wd 40 on it two weeks ago to make the the latch smoother and quieter. The couple will file a report with the ministerio and we reported it to Lakeside crime. I suggested they visit the local pawn shops with a description and reward for the jewelry in hopes of perhaps getting some of it back. Just wanted to alert anyone in the area. Does anyone have any other ideas for them finding the stolen laptop? I recall someone talking about a guy named Alex who hangs around the Ajijic malecon and sells laptops but I am too shaken to search properly right now. Also I recall a thread recently about good locks to install. I will search for it once I am calm. I will be sleeping with all the lights on tonight.