Tuesday, February 25, 2014

India: British Tourist, 76, Burglarized in Guesthouse in Goa, US$15,000+ Reportedly Stolen

According to The Times of India, Rupees one lakh (US$1,614.44) and 8,200 British pounds (US$13,643.70) was stolen from British tourist Charles Platt, 76, during 2330 hours on Tuesday (February 25) and 0530 hours on Wednesday (February 26) while residing solo at the Anita guesthouse in Vasvaddo, Benaulim.

Benaulim is a town in South Goa district in the state of Goa. It is a beach town a little south of Margao in Goa. 

Unfortunately, the burglary and theft of such a large amount of money occurred was not at the guesthouse.

COMMENT: According to Colva police, an unidentified suspect burglarized Platt's room in the guesthouse by cutting the grillwork covering the windows and surrepticiously entering the room through the window.

The victim was not particularly helpful to police, as he apparently gave various versions to the authorities as to where and how he came to be in possession of such a large amount of cash. 

Obviously, Platt did not want to disclose where he had exchanged the money. 

It appears that the tourist had recently exchanged the money and the police are trying to ascertain who knew of the dealing given the timing of the incident, as most tourists usually return to their rooms around midnight.

Police reported that similar cases of burglary and theft are commonplace throughout India, particularly on the Goa coastline. 

At the time Platt reported the theft of such a large amount of cash from his room, it is unknown as to whether the Briton's various versions of how he came to be in possession of so much money were influenced by his mental state having lost the money, where he was during such a lengthy period of time at night, who he had interacted with or whether he had been intoxicated prior to, during or after the burglary.

With the victim's apparent confusion over how he had obtained such a large amount of cash, it is unlikely that Platt's money will ever be recovered.

In an era of ATM abundance, it is truly bizarre that a foreign tourist such as Platt would be carrying such a large amount of cash.

As most of our readers know, I discourage anyone in India from carrying much more that $100 on their person, particularly in India, where criminality has risen to being an art-form.

It should also be noted that criminals in India are particularly patient, adept and creative when relieving others of their belongings, which is why I discourage seeking accommodations in guesthouses, which beg for tourists to be victimized. 

Given the kind of money that the British victim was carrying, he easily could have afforded a high-end hotel room in Goa with his to protect such a large amount of cash.

As I have said so often in the past, "victims are born every second."