We have been in the Bocas area for almost 2 months and this is the first crime we have been heard about. Two days ago a boat anchored off the N end of town was boarded late a night. The couple on board heard the intruders and managed to chase them off, losing one gas can to the intruders.
Much more seriously another boat in the S anchorage was boarded around 1am by 2 men
who paddled out to their boat. The intruders had a gun, tied the couple up, and spent 2 hours or more ransacking the boat and drinking beer
. They drilled holes in the floors, ripped open leather cushions
, spilled foods and drinks every where, ripped out electonics, threw all their clothes on the floor, searching for money
. The inside of the boat was a disaster. More menacing the intruders hit the women in the face with the pistol and eventually raped her 3 times before leaving with their dinghy
. The rest of the cruisers are in shock at the pointless violence these men
used. A reward has been offered by one of the cruisers and a local marina has offered them a free slip for 2 weeks. The police took them to the hospital in the morning but only came out to the boat 9 hours later to investigate. And I believe that was after the captain
went into town to fetch them.