Brazil Will Host UN Committee on Urban Violence in Latin America

Globo reported on June 16, 2013 that two Brazilian jurists will lead a committee by the United Nations this October in Rio de Janeiro, whose mission is to control and offer solutions in regards to increased urban violence in Latin America. The committee will include representatives from 19 countries. The committee will have 18 months to discuss possible solutions to reduce crime such as robberies and homicides after protests such as the current one in Brazil in response to bus fare, and other conflicts including combating corruption and drug trafficking. Data from the UN stated that Brazil spends about US $32 billion a year on safety and that Brazil loses out in the area of tourism due to urban violence discouraging tourists from visiting. Read Article

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Suspect Detained for Stealing R$12,000 from Church

Terra reported on May 20, 2013, that a 46 year-old suspect accused of stealing from the Nossa Senhora da Penha Church in São João de Meriti in the city area of Rio de Janeiro, was arrested. Two other suspects were involved; allegedly stealing R$12,000 in cash from the church. In addition, the suspects stole a […]

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São Paulo, Brazil: 19-Year old Arrested for Robbery

On May 16, 2013, Terra reported that the Paulista Civil Police in São Paulo arrested Wednesday evening, a 19-year old boy accused of robbing three companies. The suspect, Lucas Viana da Silva, is accused of robbing a car rental company, a gas station, and a cleaning company. The boy stole about R$20,000. Due to images […]

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Three to four children in Mexico disappear every hour

Three to four children disappear in Mexico every hour, from kidnapping, abduction, robbery, or voluntary departure from home. According to Infancia Hoy, organizations in Mexico have begun to mobilize themselves in order to minimize the number of disappearances. The largest number of disappearances are reported to be children and babies taken from hospitals. In one […]

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Clandestine factory dismantled in Zumaran, Argentina

A stolen plastic injection machine was discovered inside a clandestine factory located in Zumaran Argentina. According to a La Manana Cordoba report, the machine had been stolen in 2010 and is worth $200,000. The report states the machine weighs 32 tons and must therefore be dismantled before attempting to remove it. It can be used […]

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Two drug dealers, one a minor, arrested in Venezuela with marijuana

Two Venezuelans, one 23 and the other 15, were arrested on July 14, 2012 after the Bolivarian National Guard found them with marijuana. The drugs were going to be distributed around the Colinas de Mara de Morón community, in which the suspects were found. According to Etorno Inteligente, the suspects face charges of drug possession. […]

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Cartel member arrested for brutally murdering elderly woman in Argentina

Two men were arrested accused of brutally murdering an elderly woman in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The victim, Delia Fernandez (83), had walked in on the suspects as they attempted to rob her house. Fernandez was found dead in her home with a smashed skull on May 21, 2012, prompting a search for the murderers. Officials […]

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Theft leads to firefight in downtown Buenos Aires, Argentina

A firefight occurred this morning around 10:30 in downtown Buenos Aires as a man shot at three robbers on a motorcycle on Corrientes Ave. near Reconquista, according to infobae.com. The criminals stole a briefcase of money and checks from two men at the entrance of a bank when the victims, one of whom was an […]

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Video: Robbery in Hotel in Bogotá

The video from elespectador.com shows a robbery in a hotel in Bogotá, Colombia as armed individuals threaten and rob the receptionist. The culprits are also seen bringing a female worker from the back at which point one of the culprits destroy the security camera. Another security camera shows the robbery of one of the guests […]

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Ecuador: Assailants Use GPS Systems to Map Escape Routes

According to Expreso.ec police apprehended a robber that was involved with four other men in an assault on an Ecuadorian citizen who had just drawn $2,200 from the Bank of Guayaquil in the commercial center of California Park. Police say when they caught the fifth robber they discovered that the gang of robbers were using […]

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Arequipa, Peru: Three Armed Assailants Rob Hardware Store

According to RPP.com.pe three armed assailants robbed a hardware store, Difesur, on Socabaya Avenue in Arequipa today, Wednesday August 3rd. Police say the robbers escaped with more than 16,000 Soles. Police report the assailants used a station wagon and were accompanied by two Daewoo vehicles. The assailants threatened workers and fired three shots in the […]

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Tumbes, Peru: Colombian Tourists Accuse Moto-Taxi Divers of Stealing, Brawl Occurs

According to RPP.com.pe twenty Colombian tourists confronted a group of ‘mototaxistas’ who they accused of purse robbery after hiring their transportation services. Police say a brawl began in the intersection of Piura Ave. and Huascar Street in the city of Tumbes. A Colombian, Julio Jaramillo was injured during the brawl, suffering from two knife wounds […]

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Ibarra, Ecuador: Passengers of Bus Traveling Quito – Ibarra Assaulted

According to ElNorte.ec, passengers of the transportation cooperative, Aerotaxi were assaulted on the route from Quito to Ibarra, Thursday July 21st. Passengers say that four people, who boarded the bus in Calderon, did not look like criminals. However, passengers say that on the route between Tabacundo-Cajas, the four people took out weapons and began their […]

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Robbery and theft on the rise in Uruguay

The Interior Office of Uruguay released a crime report today for the first period of the year, through January to June, that shows robbery and theft have gone up 8% nationwide since last year, according to elobservador.com.uy. These figures have brought about a number of debates focusing on the effectiveness of Uruguay’s security policies. Government […]

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$5 million of Puyehue relief money stolen in Chubut, Argentina

The director of the Agricultural Emergency and Disaster section of the Department of Agriculture, Livestock and Fishing in Argentina, Haroldo Lebed, announced yesterday that 5 million pesos of aid money was stolen from a van in Puerto Madryn, Chubut, according to infobae.com. The money was being sent to the southern province of Chubut to help […]

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Peru: Criminal Impersonating Police Commander ‘Pepeo’, Captured

According to Peru21.pe Walter Torpoco Manrique was arrested yesterday, Tuesday, July 19th by the robbery division of Dirincri, a Peruvian police unit. Officials say a year ago Manrique, 61, was released from the Lurigancho prison, but continued committing crimes. Since January, Manrique has stolen 15,000 nuevo soles as fictitious police commander, ‘Pepeo’. Officials say in […]

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English Tourist Murdered During Robbery on Margarita Island, Venezuela

An English tourist, Thomas Ossel, has been murdered after resisting a robbery on Margarita Island, Venezuela. He and his brother Jack Ossel were planning to return to Britain according to El Nacional. Jack Ossel suffered from gunshot wounds. Read Article

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Surco, Peru: Municipality of Surco on Alert, Increased Home and Car Theft, Robbery

According to Peru21.pe the Municipality of Surco has been raised to a ‘permanent alert’ due to increases of thefts and robberies. The mayor of Surco, Roberto Gomez Baca says that both home and car crimes have increased this year. Baca adds 180 vehicles have been stolen since the beginning of 2011. Officials say the cars […]

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Lima, Peru: Four Arrested in Connection with Death of Policeman

According to Peru21.pe the Homicide Investigation Division (Divinhom) in Lima have arrested and charged four people, including a police officer, Jonathan Vargas Cristobal, for the death of Alejandro Morales Chuecas, who was killed during an assault on Sandoval pharmacy in the center of Lima. Officials say the robbery occurred on July 2nd, in which Morales’s […]

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Retired soldier shot by robbers in his home in Buenos Aires, Argentina

A retired soldier was assaulted and shot in his home over the weekend in Ramos Mejía, Buenos Aires, according to larazon.com.ar. The 54-year-old man was accosted by four burglars after parking his car outside his home. Inside the home, the thieves were attacked by the man’s 80-year-old mother, until both her and her son were […]

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Manabi, Ecuador: Bank Robbed During Festivities of the Virgin of Carmen

ElUniverso.com reports that on Friday July 15th a group of bank robbers entered the National Bank of Fomento (BNF) in Rocafuerte located in the Manabi province, stealing about $20,000. Officials say the bank is located about 50 meters from the police station in Rocafuerte and 70 meters from the Church of Carmen. Witnesses say the […]

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Mexico: “Pirate” Guides Mug Tourist

A woman visiting León, Guanajuato from Sinaloa was assaulted by “pirate” guides, who she hired in the bus station to take her on a tour of the city and state capital, Correo Guanajuato reports. The “guides” took her through the capital, then forcefully threw her from their truck in a tunnel and took off with […]

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Cuenca, Ecuador: Robbery, Assault of Local Pio Pio Chicken Restaurant

According to ElUniverso.com Sunday July 10th four assailants stormed the Pio Pio Chicken fast-food restaurant chain at opening time in Cuenca’s sector of the rose zone. Officials say that the four criminals entered the restaurant at 8:30 a.m. as the doors opened catching employees by surprise and stealing about $10,000. The employees say they believed […]

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Quito, Ecuador: Five Gangs of Robbers Active on Trolley Buses, Ecovia

According to ElComercio.com police have identified at least five groups of robbers who are committing crimes on the transport systems of the Trolley, Ecovia and Metrovia in Quito. Police have termed the gangs, ‘decuideros’ since the members take advantage of users’ neglect and the tightly packed spaces on these transportation systems. Officials say that the […]

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Argentina, Woman assaulted in home during robbery

A woman and her 3 children were assaulted by thieves early this morning in their home in General Rodríguez, Buenos Aires, according to diariohoy.net. The thieves broke into the grounds through an opening in the fence and escaped through the same opening with large sums of cash, clothing and electronics. Read Article

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Two Colombian Criminal Bands Captured, One Disguised as Police

•The Colombian police have captured two criminal bands. One, operating in the South of Bogotá, disguised itself with police uniforms and attempted to flee in a bus when pursued by the police. •The other group was arrested after performing a paseo millionario robbery on an individual. •According to El Espectador, the police believe that the […]

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150 thousand pesos stolen from a call center in Buenos Aires, Argentina

A Rapipago cyber, call center and tax service location in the Nueva Córdoba neighborhood in Buenos Aires was robbed early this morning, according to lavoz.com.ar. The owner called the police when he discovered the door to the business was open when he arrived at 9 this morning. 150 thousand pesos were missing from a safe […]

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Center of Ambulances Robbed in Northern Bogotá, Colombia

According to a video posted by elespectador.com, during the night shift, the criminals robbed medical personnel and drivers on duty. The four armed assailants robbed the paramedics and drivers, and cleared out a cash register before fleeing towards the Boyacá Real neighborhood. Read Article

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Colombia, Plan to Combat Cellphone Robberies

•Rcnradio.com reveals that the Colombian government plans to ask the Inter-American Communication Commission of the OAS to share black databases and information on stolen cellphones in the countries of the hemisphere. •Diego Molano Vega, Minister of Information Technology and Communication, assured that an order only allowing cellphones to be sold in visibly authorized stores. •Also, […]

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