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Security Incidents Reported to the RSO Office, 2006

July (2006)

On July 27, at approximately 2030 hours, a U.S. mission employee fell victim to four carjackers, one of whom was armed, in the Laulane neighborhood of Maputo.  The victim was parked along the side of a road when the attack took place.  The carjackers made off with the car and many of the victim’s personal belongings.  Police were able to recover the stolen vehicle shortly after the incident.  One of the carjackers was injured and captured during the vehicle recovery.  The other three are still at large.

May (2006)

At approximately 1120 on Monday, May 22, 2006, a European diplomat was approaching her vehicle parked across from the Swedish Clinic on Avenida Julius Nyerere.  As the diplomat was putting her child in the back seat of her vehicle, several men approached her vehicle.  One stood by the passenger window and smiled at the woman.  The other man stood behind the woman and in good English told her not to make any noise and to give them her money and cell phone.  The man also told the diplomat to go to the front seat but she refused because of the child’s location.  The men departed the scene in a red vehicle.

In the recent past (exact date unknown), a women returned to her vehicle after dropping her child off at an international school (either the Portuguese or American school).  As the woman approached her vehicle, two men armed with a gun approached her and robbed her of her money.  There were other vehicles parked in the vicinity with drivers sitting inside.  No one interfered.  The assailants escaped.

On May 8-9, 2006, an American used a Visa credit card at a restaurant and hotel in Johannesburg.  Several days later Visa contacted the American due to unusual activity occurring with the credit card.  The following weekend the American attempted to use the Visa credit card in Nelspruit but it was blocked because it had the maximum amount possible charged on it.  Since the credit card had not been out of the American’s possession, the American suspects employees at one of the establishment used her credit card number illegally.

At approximately 1600 on Sunday, May 28, 2006, three British citizens were walking on the Marginal after having lunch at the Mira Mar restaurant.  Three youths armed with knives approached them and robbed them of their wallets, a cell phone, and 2 rucksacks.  There were many Mozambicans and expats walking along this stretch of beach at the time.

At approximately 1300 on Monday, May 29, 2006, an American in Inhambane province returned home after being away for the weekend.  Thieves entered the American’s residence through a window and stole clothes, food, CDs and kitchen utensils.

At approximately  1900 on Friday, May 12, 2006, an American living in Inhambane Province returned home and discovered his residence had been burgled of a computer and CDs.  Two of the American’s students confessed to the crime and are currently in jail awaiting prosecution.

At some time during the early morning hours of Thursday, May 11, 2006, an American’s residence in Nampula was burgled while the residents slept.  Electronic equipment was stolen.  The residential guard stated he had been bound by the 15 thieves.  The police are investigating.

At approximately 1700 on Sunday, May 21, an American stopped at a gas station located on the N4 on the eastern side of downtown Nelspruit.  After obtaining gas, the American prepared to drive out of the gas station parking lot in which many people were standing.  A man motioned to the tire on the American’s vehicle.  The American stopped the car and rolled down the window.  The man came to the window as if to explain there was a problem with the car and then quickly bent over the driver, grabbed a cell phone sitting in the middle console and ran off.  The American drove off immediately.

April (2006)

At some time on Friday afternoon, April 21, 2006, an American living in Manica province came home to discover that the residence had been burglarized.  The assailant(s) cut through the screen over the kitchen window and reached through the security bars, stealing items that were in close range to the window and that would fit between the security bars.

At approximately 2300 on Friday, April 21, 2006, an American’s residence in Inhambane province was approached by a suspect.  The American was not at home at the time but had guests staying at the residence.  The suspect yelled at the house that he was going to rob it.  The guests chased the suspect, mobilized community neighbors, and caught the suspect whom they promptly took to the police station.  An investigation is ongoing.

At approximately 1030 on Monday, April 3, 2006, several Americans stopped in Inhambane and parked in front of a bank near a pharmacy.  While in the pharmacy for less than 10 minutes, a thief broke into the car, stole a bag containing a passport, ipod, cellular phone and other items, relocked the car, and departed the scene.

At approximately 1400 on Sunday, April 2, 2006, an American was pickpocketed while at the Chimoio bus terminal.  Stolen items include a cell phone and passport.

March (2006)

At approximately 1500 on Sunday, March 12, 2006, an American citizen on official business had a cell phone stolen from his room at Hotel Kaya Kwanga in Maputo.  The incident was reported to hotel management.

At approximately 0500 on Tuesday, March 14, 2006, an American living in Manhica province woke up when she heard a noise in the living room.  Upon investigating, the American saw the suspect’s hand trying to pull a bag through the grills of the window.  The American yelled at the suspect at the same time the American’s guard and dog approached the suspect.  The suspect got away.  No items were stolen.

At approximately 1600 on Tuesday, March 14, 2006, an American living in Nampula province was taking a nap in the house when a suspect entered through an unlocked door and stole the American’s cell phone.  The suspect was in the process of stealing other items when the American woke up.  The suspect fled the scene.

At approximately 1400 on Tuesday, March 14, 2006, a suspect entered an American’s house in Tete province and stole an IPod.