We have had a very interesting afternoon! A guy apparently broke into and robbed a nearby vacant house and was carrying his loot in a bedsheet right in front of our condo when one of our security guards confronted him. We were watching out the windows and saw him drop the loot in the sand only feet from our condo and run into the woods right next to our condo. Our guard called for backup, and two guards took off after him. Later additional local men joined the pursuit. The guards told us later that he pulled a knife on one of them and that he dove into a crocodile pond and swam across and came out on the other side (yikes!) He then came out to the beach path again and started running north with the guards in hot pursuit.
He hasn't been caught yet, but there is a group of people up the beach a ways looking for him, so he should be in a contained area and hopefully will have to come out at some point. One interesting thing is that he apparently changed shirts at some point during the pursuit as when he was sighted later, he was wearing a different shirt, according to the guards. Even if he is not caught this time, the guards know him. Someone else was here taking photos, and they are going to dust for fingerprints. The police were called, but we're not sure if the guy taking photos was off-duty as we never saw anyone in a police uniform.
Barry took a photo when the loot was finally uncovered. Looks like he was trying to make off with a stereo, speakers, a DVD player, and, you read this right, a bottle of olive oil, partially used.
Seeing how the guards reacted to this situation, we feel even safer here than we did before. They did an excellent job in preventing the thief from making off with someone else's property, and should be commended for their quick action.
The investigation begins
The loot uncovered. Bottle of olive oil on top of DVD player!
UPDATE: The police finally showed up, took the guards' statement, some photos, and hauled off the loot. Our assumption is that the perp is still at large...
Paisley watching the investigation from inside our condo
The police investigation right outside our veranda
Preparing to haul off the loot