Tourists lose valuables to thieves in Puraran
Baras, Catanduanes  ·  
posted 8-Oct-2018  ·  
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Two Austrailian nationals lost nearly P150,000.00 worth of expensive gadgets to suspected thieves who ransacked their cottage in Puraran, Baras while the tourists were having dinner last Thursday evening.

According to the report received by the office of Catanduanes police officer-in-charge Senior Superintendent Jonathan Panganiban, Dylan Gareth Naylor, 22, and Byron Michael Naylor, 33, both of Sydney, left their occupied room at Majestic Beach Resort at 8 P.M. of Sept. 27, 2018 to have dinner.

When they returned, the contents of their bags were already scattered, with some of their important personal belongings already missing.

Dylan lost an iPhone, an iPod Classic 160GB, Nikon Coolpix digital camera, 128GB memory card, two (2) Kathmandu charger banks, 3-terrabyte portable hard drive for an Apple Mac; iPhone headphiones, antibiotics, and Bactroban cream, all with a total value of P87,644.00.

On the other hand, missing from Byron Michael’s bag were a Samsung Galaxy S8. Apple iPod, and Sennheiser wireless headphones, valued at a total of P60,836.00.

Intelligence personnel of the Baras police are now conducting follow-up operations to identify and arrest the unidentified suspects.

It was a bad week for tourists at the famed surfing spot, with an American brought to the hospital for treatment after surviving a wipeout while surfing last Sept. 28.

The police report stated that Cliff Kapuno, 46, of Hilo, Hawaii, was riding big waves together with his friend at 8 A.M. when a particularly nasty wave wiped him out and pushed him against the coral reef beneath the water. Friends immediately came to his rescue and, using the service vehicle of Puraran Surf owner Cecilia Soria, rushed him to the Immaculate Heart of Mary Hospital in Virac for treatment of a head injury.

The following day, on Sept. 29, it was the turn of a local, Sarah Sarmiento, 22, of Eastern Poblacion, Baras, who discovered that her sai-sari store had been robbed by an unknown perpetrator who destroyed a screen window sometime between midnight and 5 A.M.

The culprit escaped with P5,000.00 cash, a pack of cigarettes, three jars of marshmallows, and three cigarette lighters. Investigators later recovered a jar with P73 in different denominations, two lighters and a pack of Marlboro cigarettes near the store at the town plaza.

Five days earlier, a Slovenian tourist and a local tour guide were injured when the car they were riding went off the road into a rice field and hit a power post.

Ruperto del Barrio Jr., 53, also a manager of Pacific Surf, was driving a Mitsubishi Lancer sedan at 4 A.M. of Sept. 24 along the national road at Libjo, Bato, when he suddenly lost control of the vehicle, which swerved towards the right, fell into the rice field and hit an electric post.

The mishap, which caused damage of P35,000.00, resulted in injuries to the driver and his passenger, Katrina Komel. 20, of Sempas, Slovenia, who was spending 12 days on the island.

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