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Card Cloners Were Captured

Crime & PunishmentA band of card cloners with alleged ties in the United States was dismantled by the Police Information Directorate (DIP) of the National Police (PN) and the Special District Attorney’s Office Against Organized Crime.

During the operation, two Panamanians, a man and a woman, were arrested at a residence in Santa Librada, San Miguelito.

The PN and the DA’s Office found: 27 cloned cards, 70 envelopes with what seems to be marijuana and 54 5.56mm caliber ammunition, which are used in M-16 rifles, 134 22 caliber ammunition and 6 38 caliber ammunition.

During the raid they also found modern equipment used to print the cards, a magnetizing machine and color ink cartridges.

The network of counterfeiters, who operated in the capital city, is composed of foreigners. They M.O. consisted in withdrawing money from ATMs with cloned cards, according to the chief of operations of the DIJ, Bolivar Medina.

These scammers, according to Medina, were being monitored for several months.

So far in 2013, the DIJ has conducted about four operations to dismantle several gangs involved in the cloning of cards.

The organizations dedicated to this felony usually use readers and cameras to read the password of the cards. (Siglo)

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5 Subjects Posing As Police Officers Arrested For Supposed Dedication To Drugs

Crime & PunishmentThe National Police managed to catch 5 subjects, dedicated to "Tumbe de Drogas", these subjects were posing as Police Investigation Department (PID) to commit their crimes.

These subjects claimed drugs to a family in an apartment in Juan Díaz, however, decided to flee so the National Police in the area of Parque Lefevre started a chase which ended with the capture of the 5 individuals at the height of the Cinta Costera, around the Hospital del Niño.

Three nine millimeter weapons were found in the vehicle of these subjects.

Andy Morán, a member of the National Police, confirmed these subjects were engaged in the drug business and kidnapping. (Critica)

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Another Metro Bus Attacked

Crime & PunishmentLast night criminals returned to their old tricks and attacked a Metro Bus unit again.

The incident took place in the Corredor Norte to Chilibre, which apparently is the area in which these delinquents have decided to commit their crimes.

This time, the victim was the driver of the Metro Bus who was rescued by his coworkers after being beat up and having several windows broken on his bus.

The driver was transported to St. Thomas Hospital where he received medical attention. (MiDiario)

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Less Reported Crimes During The First Third Of 2013

Crime & PunishmentThe director of Panama's National Police (PN), Julio Molto said that until April 30 of this year there were 248 homicides, which represent a decrease of 34% compared with the first third of last year. Among the traditional criminal acts are thefts, robberies and homicides. Regarding the latter point, he said there are organized gangs in the country, but with the support of the Directorate of Judicial Investigation (DIJ) and the Directorate of Police Information (DIP) they have followed their steps and have found evidence incriminating them. Moreover, he emphasized that they already have identified every single person involved in the robberies and crimes within the Metro Bus transportation system. He stressed they are being traced and they will soon arrest these individuals.

In the interview he said they are receiving advice from the Police of Rio de Janeiro to strengthen the community police plan. At this point, this has been applied in Curundú and some of the operations involved in this plan are already taking place in El Chorrillo. The purpose is keeping young people away from bad habits and helping them see the police force as an ally instead of an enemy from the start.(Dia a Dia)

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Two Minors Were Killed In Nueva Libia

Crime & PunishmentTwo minors were murdered in the area of El Hueco de Nueva Libia, in Alcalde Díaz.

Official data shows the murderers killed the minors as they were walking down the street and shot them down in a car, meaning the crime was a drive-by shooting.

According to the gathered information, the two children did not reside in the sector and the crime could have been cause by gang warfare, although this version has not been confirmed yet.

The two children, ages 15 and 16, were killed instantly when attacked.

The National Police activated an operation in search of the murderers, but no one has been caught up until now. (critica)

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Two Inmates Escape The Nueva Esperanza Prison

Crime & PunishmentTwo prison inmates managed to escape from Nueva Esperanza prison, located in the city of Colón, in the hours of family visits.

Unofficial data reveals the two inmates, one accused of murder and the other for violating personal integrity, used the visit to escape the prison.

The National Prison authorities alerted the National Police, who activated the operations in search of these two inmates. (Critica)

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Panamanian Authorities Confiscate $ 18,740 From A Colombian Citizen

Crime & PunishmentAccording to official sources, customs inspectors seized $ 18,740 from a Colombian citizen who did not report the sum of money he was carrying once he arrived to Panama in the main airport, Tocumen International Airport.

The foreigner was found with the money when his luggage went through one of the scanners located at the Tocumen Airport, said a statement from the National Customs of Panama.

The Panamanian law indicates $ 500 spending money must be delivered to foreigners who get their money confiscated, until the investigation of the source of the funds is completed, according to official information.

So far this year, the Panamanian authorities have retained $ 1.2 million, from both nationals and foreigners, who have arrived in the country on commercial flights from Tocumen Airport.

The highest incidence is reflected on Salvadorans, Colombians, Guatemalans, Mexicans and Jamaicans, according to official information. (Panama America)

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Four Suspected Murderers Were Caught

Crime & PunishmentFour suspected murderers were captured by the police in an intelligence operation carried out in the morning today, Wednesday 1 May 2013.

Police units moved to Puerto Caimito, district of La Chorrera, where they arrested three men allegedly involved in the murder of Nelson Gobea, which occurred on 7 April 2013.

Meanwhile, in the district of San Carlos, another suspected murderer was captured.

The commissioner, Domingo Espitia, member of the West Panama area police department, confirmed the arrests of these individuals, who were involved in different crimes. (Critica)

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Metrobus Assaulted On The Corredor Norte

Crime & PunishmentA peaceful journey turned into chaos when a Metrobus was assaulted at Villa Lucre on the Corredor Norte where four people were injured by gun-shot wounds, one of them being a minor.

According to users traveling on this Metrobus, criminals took advantage of the dark stretch of the Corredor Norte to commit the crime.

The four injured people were taken to the Hospital Susana Jones of Villa Lucre, for medical care, unofficial reports said officers of the National Police were in the Bus when this happened, but they weren't able to do anything. (Dia A Dia)

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Vandalism through Facebook

Crime & PunishmentFour students from the Arte y Oficios school are under investigation by the Directorate of Judicial Investigation (DIJ), after they starred with other 22 students yet the vandalism and burning of a car owned by a teacher from the institution.

Ricardo Murillo, director of the institution, said several weeks before this issue happened, some students used the social network Facebook to inform their peers about the vandalism acts they would be doing in order to destabilize classes at school.

Murillo explained 'the lack of security at the front door' and 'how laid back the authorities of the discipline organism are' favored the entry of outsiders in the uniform of the Artes y Oficios; these strangers were part of the violent events that injured a teacher’s face.

According to him, with the help of the students they will be identifying those who committed this disorder and they will be punished accordingly, which in this case would mean their expulsion from the school.

Following the publication issued by El Siglo, it was known, through Facebook, the alleged opinion from the Artes y Oficios Melchor Lasso de La Vega, which indicated "if they had to teach in classrooms that are falling apart, the lack of Chemistry and Physics laboratories, then they would not argue that way’.(El Siglo)

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16 Year Old Boy Killed In Hit And Run Accident

Crime & PunishmentJorge Hernández, a 16 year old boy, died after being hit by the driver of a car who fled the scene.

This fatal accident occurred in Gatuncillo Norte in the province of Colón, last night.

The National Police reported the driver responsible for the accident was captured and taken into custody. (Critica)

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Taxi Drivers Prevent Thieves Getting Away After Robbing In La Chorrera

Crime & PunishmentFour armed criminals entered Las Palmeras on Calle El Puerto in La Chorrera, during early hours in the morning.

The subjects, who arrived in a gray Toyota Corolla car without any license plates, they demanded money from the secretary and left in the car they arrived in, then the girl came out yelling for help.

A group of taxi drivers who were near the premises and heard the secretary began the persecution of the vehicle. At the height of Barrio Vega, the taxi crashed the car in the back making it slip off the road and crash. Since the thieves were left without transportation, they decided to flee on foot.

Police immediately arrived, managing to capture three of the four thieves who were found with only $ 90.

Forensic staff at the scene found a gun and a pair of gloves inside the vehicle. (Estrella)

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Two People Arrested Because Of Presumable Murder Of A Taxi Driver

Crime & PunishmentTwo young men, one being 22 years old and the other 28, were arrested for presumably being involved in the murder of the taxi driver Paul Gonzales, 46 years old, who was allegedly killed with a blunt object in the district of Boquete in Chiriquí.

Both men reside in the Veladero de Chiriquíby while the investigation on this homicide continues, according to sources.

The investigation is leaded by the First Superior Prosecutor, Luis Martínez, who attended the procedure of removing the corpse. (Critica)

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"Ex-Police Officer Put Up The Picture Of The Parked Police Car In The "Push Botton" - José Raúl Mulino

Crime & PunishmentThe Panama National Police have identified the person who posted the picture of a police car parked outside a "Push Botton" in Colón.

The person, according to director of the Panama National Police, Julio Moltó, wants to make "men in uniform look bad", so the person cut the photo and sent it to social networks to cause a negative perspective on police officers.

Public Security Minister, José Raúl Mulino, whose ministry supports the police department and national security agencies, revealed on Friday 26 April 2013 they already have identified the perpetrator, but declined to publicly give out his name.

"I consider what happened evil. It has been clarified, there was a murder, something had happened in that place. Saddest thing is the person who sent the picture used to work at the National Police, and he did not work for La Prensa," said the minister, although he did not reveal if the person was a reporter or something else.

At the closing of the Atlantic Pacific Union of the Binational Border Commission in Decameron, Coclé, the Public Security Minister, when approached, declined to give the name of the former officer to La Prensa.

"I won't say his name, but he knows I'm talking to him," he said.

Also, Mulino added, this person was probably in the police operation at the "Push Botton" and put up the photo on social networks.

"He was trying to be cool by putting up a picture of a police car at a "Push".

And then the minister clarified it all to the television critics: "This was clarified and some of you had to take back what you said because of the false reports."

The company revealed the full picture, revealing a different perspective in which you can see police officers dealing with a murder.

The police chief wrote on Twitter: "We can always accept the complaints, but committing such an evil act towards police officers who work so hard, is just unfair".

Significantly, the police spokeswoman said police patrol vehicle was asked to be parked inside the cubicle of the "Push" because the owner didn't want people to see a police car parked outside, since it could have freightened the customers away. (Estrella)

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School Vandalized By Unidentified Individuals

Crime & PunishmentUnidentified individuals vandalized a school in Cochea Abajo, in the district of Dolega, leaving students, parents and teachers completely terrified.

The individuals entered the school and vandalized the children's play garden, wrote obscene words on the walls, and filled the halls with dirt and threw dirt at the walls of the school.

Parents, frightened, said the lack of security from MEDUCA caused this incident where criminals take advantage of school property.

José Pineda, director of the school, said he regretted what happened and this leaves a lot to be said for the ethical and moral values ​​of the people who are part of this school. (Siglo)

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Security Guard Kills Man At Tocumen Airport

Crime & PunishmentMartin Cardoce, age 50, died after being shot in the stomach at the Tocumen International Airport.

Apparently it all started with an argument between the security guard and Martin who was providing transportation service to tourists. A witness said the driver was transporting his passengers, the security guard told him he was not allowed to park where he was, because he was supposedly asking for a bribe and he did not agree with it.

Cardoce moved away from the car to pick up his passengers, and the security guard grabbed him by the neck and drew his weapon, and suddenly people heard the shot.

Police officers are investigating this confusing event, at which a Panamanian lost his life.(Dia a Dia)

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Man Escapes From Two Criminals Which Tried To Kidnap Him

Crime & PunishmentA man escaped when a couple of criminals forced him to get into their car, when he was on his way home in Altos del Chase, El Dorado, reported TVN Canal 2.

As reported to the authorities, he said he struggled with his attackers and managed to escape through the passenger door.

The criminals, apparently minors, stole the car, while the owner shouted for help, causing the neighbors to immediately call the police.

After searching for several hours, the officers were able to locate the car, parked outside one of the buildings in the Urban Renewal Project in Curundú.

At the location, two suspicious subjects were taken to the police station for further questioning. (Mi Diario)

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Police Investigates The Organization Of Parties For Minors

Crime & PunishmentThis weekend, about 149 minors and 23 adults were retained, in the middle of a party in Alcalde Díaz. The National Police and authorities have launched an investigation to dismantle the organization of these activities.

The Deputy Commissioner, Irving Sánchez, chief of police in the area, said on Telemetro Reporta, they have detected videos and ads on social networks and channels used to promote these activities, and these videos and ads are being take down.

Sánchez explained that in the areas of Las Cumbres, Chilibre and Alcalde Díaz is where most of these parties occur, and in these parties, presence of cigarettes, alcohol and more, were found.

The National Police indicates that if anybody is to presence one of these parties or notice one, they should contact the police immediately. (Telemetro)

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The "Clayton Rapists" Have Been Arrested

Crime & PunishmentTwo of the four alleged rapists of Clayton who terrorized this community for months were captured by units of the DIJ.

One of them, aged 27, and who normally walked among the people passing by the Plaza 5 de Mayo in Calidonia, was identified by the DIJ as Luis Martez last Thursday.

Investigating authorities also announced the latest suspect using the alias "Irra" was captured late Thursday in Arraiján on the main road in the district.

Both of the accused have been charged with sexual offenses and robbery, and they were ordered to be held in preventative custody while awaiting trial.

The citizens collaborated with the investigation, and the authorities expressed their appreciation for the help in capturing those people who are now being investigated. (Critica)

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Mother Reports Her Son Being Kidnapped And She Blames The Father

Crime & PunishmentGrettel Castillo is the mother of Josué, a boy that is one and a half years old, but it has been about two weeks since she has seen him, after his father pulled him out of the nursery.

Castillo, who spoke on Telemetro Reporta, said the whole situation comes from domestic violence and even revealed that the father always threatened her with political influence saying "that he would take the baby from her". (Telemetro)

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Quintin Earl Sponagle Arrested In Panama - Wanted in Canada For Fraud And Theft

Crime & PunishmentThe Canadian citizen Quintin Earl Sponagle, 48, was captured yesterday afternoon, Tuesday, 16 April 2013 by officers of the Direction of Judicial Investigation (DIJ) Interpol office.

Sponagle was arrested in Panama because he is wanted by the Canadian authorities for having committed the crimes of fraud and theft.

Sponagle was arrested yesterday afternoon at approximately 5:00 pm, on the grounds of a shopping center in the neighborhood of Brisas del Golf in Panama City, the conclusion of a monitoring and surveillance operation conducted by police detectives lasting three weeks.

According to reports, the detainee fraudulently offered investment opportunities that were supposedly "high performance" through a company where people invested millions of dollars to receive a percentage of those investments. (Critica)

Editor's Comment: Well, it took about three years for this guy to go down. Sooner or later big mother Karma comes back around to shove a ripe pineapple up your ass. Of course any scam artist bugs me, but those who take advantage of their trust and position gained through the church really deserve a very special place in hell. This man is the epitome - the exemplification, the embodiment - of hypocrisy. God loves you. Now give me your money, so I can steal it. One more dirtbag leaves Panama in handcuffs. Good riddance, prick. Amen.

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Copyright 2013 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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Four Burglers Arrested in Juan Diaz

Crime & PunishmentAfter an intense police chase began in the west of the capital, three men and a woman were arrested in Calle Segunda, of Juan Díaz. These people tied up a family in a house in the area of La Chorrera and they also stole valuables and a Sedan vehicle from this same family.

These four criminals were aboard a taxi to avoid suspicion from the officers of the National Police.

Unofficially, it was learned these people belong to a gang dedicated to home invasion robberies in the Western part of the province of Panama, and the residential areas located to the West of the capital city. (Dia A Dia)

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Man Killed While Driving In Tocumen

Crime & PunishmentA murder was reported in the main street of Tocumen, at the entrance of La Siesta.

The victim is a man who was driving his vehicle and was chased by two people on a motorcycle, these two people who chased him shot at him indiscriminately.

The first informal data suggests the victim was attacked and killed by the murderers on the motorcycle, who chased him until they ended his life.

In the middle of the shooting, the victim crashed into the motorcyclists, however, the vehicle crashed against the side of the road, where the victim died.

The National Police mounted an operation because it is presumed the murderers should not be far from the crime scene.

In the area of the crime, the helmets of the murders were found along with other belongings. (Critica)

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Guns And Ammunition Were Abandoned In Cabuyita

Crime & PunishmentThe National Police managed to confiscate more than 500 rounds of ammunition of different calibers, as well as handguns, two rifles and a shotgun in the area of Cabuyita in the district of 24 de Diciembre.

Four subjects were found carrying the weapons and ammunition in a bag and when they saw the presence of the police, they fled and left the bag behind.

The National Police activated an operation in search of those involved in this crime. (Critica)

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Guns, Ammo And Camouflage Uniforms Were Found In Chepo

Crime & PunishmentThe National Police discovered AK-47 rifles, 9mm guns, more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition and 30 camouflage uniforms in a large case buried 4 feet deep in the district of Chepo.

It is presumed these weapons were to be handed over to Colombian insurgent groups, but the operation did not work out as they had planned.

The discovery was the result of a surveillance operation conducted by the Directorate of Judicial Investigation (DIJ).

No one was arrested in this case, however, the investigation continues. (Critica)

Editor's Comment: The drug traffickers who man-pack cocaine from Colombia to Panama through the Darien jungle like AK-47's, ammo, and camouflage uniforms. I saw some video of the haul on a local television news channel at lunch. The uniforms are US military active duty surplus BDU's. One of them still had the USAF SSgt rank and unit insignia sewn on.

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Colombian Woman Tries To Sell Her Baby

Crime & PunishmentA Colombian woman was arrested by the police units in the district of Calidonia.

Apparently the woman was caught allegedly trying to sell her 1 year old daughter for $ 50. The Colombian woman tried to sell the baby to the people who passed through the area in the early morning hours of today, 9 April 2013.

The child is in the Hospital El Niño and in custody of the National Police, and the woman is under orders from the National Immigration Service. (Critica)

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American Citizen Arrested And Deported From Panama For Distribution Of Child Pornography Through Facebook

Crime & PunishmentA citizen with dual U.S. and Ecuadorian nationality was arrested on Friday, 5 April 2013 by units of Interpol Panama in the area of Guabala in Chiriquí, as reported by the National Police.

Supposedly there was an "International Red Alert" in the Interpol system against him for the crime of child pornography.

The man, 31 years of age, was arrested after it was discovered there were no stamps in his passport indicating he had entered the country legally.

The citizen was referred to Immigration and deported that night to the country where he was wanted.

It was learned there were several complaints against him in various countries, after he filmed and distributed via Facebook images of naked minors, especially to the friends of the victims. (Mi Diario)

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Woman Was Stabbed To Death

Crime & PunishmentThe half naked body of a 38 year old Colombian woman with multiple stab wounds was found Sunday afternoon.

The discovery was made at 6:00 pm in the room of a house located in the area of Altos de El Chanel, in Alcalde Díaz, when the nephew of the lady came to the property and found his aunt lying on the floor, next to the bed .

Inhabitants of the area, horrified by the crime, commented to El Siglo that at approximately 6:00 am they heard cries for help from a woman.

Local residents said the victim was called Gloriela and that her brother was killed two years ago, and they said that a week ago she kicked out her sister-in-law from the house. 'This is not going to stay this way' was what her sister-in-law shouted that night.

The police are still investigating. (Siglo)

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Lieutenant Killed In The District Of Arraiján

Crime & PunishmentThe lieutenant, Rigoberto Castillo, who was a member of the National Aeronaval Service, died from three gunshots inflicted by criminals who apparently wanted to steal his weapon.

This bloody event occurred last night at the residence of the deceased, located in Brisas de Chumical, district of Arraiján.

Unofficially, it was recognized that the lieutenant resisted the assault and the thugs shot him.

The National Police activated an operation where several suspects were detained pending verification. (Critica)

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Questionable Items Were Found

Crime & PunishmentItems of questionable origin, including Rolex watches, cell phones, laptops and other devices were seized during raids conducted at a residence in sector 2 Mayo de Burunga in Arraiján.

It is assumed that the items have been stolen from the residences of others and are hidden while achieving to sell them.

This was one of the causes that activated the gang operation conducted by the National Police in Arraiján, in which 28 people were detained for verification.

According to the Deputy Commissioner, Gilberto Cuevas, the operation is for the purpose of keeping out criminals who often move to Panama to commit crimes. (Mi Diario)

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