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Has anyone seen Bruno?

Posted by dolly diver on March 26, 2010
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brunoJohn and Jean Oliver, long time visitors to Tenerife, were returning to Reina Sofia Airport on 16th March following a month’s stay at Los Gigantes. They parked their hire car in a car park at Los Abrigos whilst they had lunch at one of the popular sea-front restaurants.

On return to the car, they discovered that that the vehicle had been entered and various items removed from the locked boot including their passports, a laptop computer, their UK car keys and several other personal items.

The Oliver’s travel mascot – a cuddly baby gorilla called “Bruno” was in the stolen travel bag and is, therefore, also missing. Bruno has travelled for over 20 years all over the world with John & Jean and is sorely missed. If you come across him, please contact losgigantes.com – a reward payment is possible.

The moral of this story is, of course, never leave your passports & other valuables in your car – always take them with you!

Dog theft in the Canaries

Posted by dolly diver on February 24, 2009
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Valle Colino dog refuge in Santa Cruz would like to notify all pet owners that there are numerous dog thefts being committed on a constant basis throughout the Canary Islands.
All types of dogs are being targeted for theft, depending on the purpose of the animal sought by the criminals. They steal dogs of any breed, age or size to use as bait while training their fighting dogs. Above all they are stealing many pedigree dogs (regardless of age) to breed them and sell their puppies via the internet or through a newspaper. There have been instances where dogs have been stolen right out of their owner’s property.
To avoid this happening to your dog:

DO NOT LEAVE YOUR DOG TIED UP OUSTIDE ANY SHOP
WHEN YOU TAKE YOUR DOG FOR A WALK IN THE PARK, OR ANY OPEN AREA KEEP THEM UNDER CONTROL.
Once your pedigree dog has been ear-marked by the perpetrator, they may use any amount of diverse methods to steal the dog; taking advantage of an oblivious owner, especially looking for females in heat, or males that have not yet been castrated etc… Normally they will have a getaway vehicle waiting.

ALWAYS WALK YOUR DOG ON A LEAD IN THE STREET

NEVER LEAVE YOUR DOG ALONE IN A CAR, ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE PARKED IN AN UNDERGROUND CAR PARK.

NEVER LET YOUR DOG WALK HIMSELF. It is very common for owners to just let their dogs out to do their business unsupervised, but even though your dog may not stray very far from home you don’t expect anything untoward to happen, but one day your dog may not return home. It is better to spend five minutes walking your dog so that he can do his business under supervision rather than letting him go by himself and possibly never return.

There is mafia all over the island, around every corner and in the most unexpected places. Please take this advice and help diminish the amount of dog thefts, and keep your pets safe and under control so they do not suffer the consequences.
Source: Tenerife News

Gang of pickpocket arrested

Posted by dolly diver on February 24, 2009
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 	fisher-womans-roundabout-puerto-santiagoPuerto Santigo is normally a quiet place on a Sunday afternoon, but last Sunday was rather different when a gang of seven Romanians were arrested and were all lined up around the fisherlady roundabout. Rumors quickly flew round, drugs bust, bank robbery, but in fact it was a gang of pickpockets who were arrested.

The culprits, all aged between 30 and 50 have been identified only by their initials, R.M., C.F.R., M.I., L.A., T.S and V.D and a woman, L.R.

After the police had received several reports from the public about purse and wallet thefts, a surveillance operation in the area followed. The gang were soon located and were watched through binoculars.

They arrived by hire car, met in a local cafe to select their targets. The victims were often tourists waiting at the bus stop by the sports centre in Los Gigantes. They would be distracted by one gang member with a map asking directions while another picked their pocket or handbag. A hire car would be parked nearby for a quick getaway.

What this gang failed to realise is there is only one way out of Los Gigantes and the local police backed up by the Guardia Civil arrested them at a road block on the exit road. Many items were recovered despite attempts from the gang to throw them out of their car windows.

The victims were then brought forward to help identify the gang.