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Old Tuesday, May 19th, 2009, 09:29 AM
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Default Robbery at Bugale

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There was an armed robbery at Bugaloe in the morning of Sunday to Monday. Two masked and armed teens entered the place at closing hour and pointed a gun at the head of the security guards, they tied him up and stole his belongings. They have ordered employees to hand over all the deposits of the business and so they did. The robbers apparently knew exactly where the deposits were, which enforces the idea of some inside job. They have robbed US$ 50,000.00 from that place.

The robbery was reported to police two minutes after 12:00am on Monday. When the robbers left, the assaulted two tourists one staying at the Raddison hotel and the other at the Westin hotel. They stole their belongings as well.

Police have mobolized immediately to the scene together with the special armed assault team to investigate the case. No arrest are made yet but a thorough investigation is ongoing. Nobody was hurt.

Witnesses describe the two suspects as very young (probably teenagers) or young adults early twenties, both are caucasians, and spoke fluently Spanish.

The Aruban community is shocked and outraged. It was the talk of the day yesterday. And hopefully a wake up call for more security patrol in that area. There is call on the island for severe punishment (several years in prison), as islanders view this as an attack on the island's tourism industry.
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Old Tuesday, May 19th, 2009, 10:22 AM
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I agree with the mindset that this is an attack on the tourism industry, which is tantamount to an attack on the very heart and soul of the island. I hope the perpetrators are caught post-haste and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. If they are illegals, get them off the island (before or after a harsh sentence is served).
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Old Tuesday, May 19th, 2009, 11:07 AM
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I'm not sure I totally agree, Charlie. It's not only an attack on the tourism industry, it's an attack on Arubans as well. They're no less safe then a tourist, and have been talking about it for over a year. They saw/see the writing on the wall, not only in terms of tourism, but for their own safety.

Is it time that someone's going to listen, and do what needs to be done? Fortunately, there was no loss of life.... but, if something isn't done, and done quickly, I fear that could be next.

As someone who travels alone, and stays for a month alone, this doesn't make me feel warm and fuzzy!
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I'm not sure I totally agree, Charlie. It's not only an attack on the tourism industry, it's an attack on Arubans as well. They're no less safe then a tourist, and have been talking about it for over a year. They saw/see the writing on the wall, not only in terms of tourism, but for their own safety.

Is it time that someone's going to listen, and do what needs to be done? Fortunately, there was no loss of life.... but, if something isn't done, and done quickly, I fear that could be next.

As someone who travels alone, and stays for a month alone, this doesn't make me feel warm and fuzzy!
Good points.
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Where or what is Bugale? Is that a store or something ?
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Where or what is Bugale? Is that a store or something ?
Bugaloe is a restaurant/bar on De Palm Pier between the RIU and Radisson.
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Old Tuesday, May 19th, 2009, 11:58 AM
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Bugaloe is a restaurant/bar on De Palm Pier between the RIU and Radisson.
Wow, that is right in the middle of the tourist area.
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Old Tuesday, May 19th, 2009, 12:43 PM
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Wow, this is really upsetting. We stay at the Riu and I've always felt safe walking between the Radisson and Riu at night, even alone. In November the lights on the walk were out at the Radisson so I used the street side. I'll be travelling solo this year, I was thinking to ask one of the security guards to walk me to the hotel entrance. Looks like that may not be an option either. Seems silly to drive from one lot to other but it may be the safest choice. (not that there's much money left after a night of gambling)

I really hope something is done before someone gets hurt.

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Good Morning:

This is a very heart wrenching situation. I spend a lot of time at Bugaloe, what I consider the very best pier bar in the universe. I know the owners and the employees. I stay at the RIU and will be there again in July. Very glad to hear that no one was hurt. I'm obviously concerned. 50 grand seems like a lot of money for a pier bar to have on hand for a Sunday night. Has this been verified? I want to extend my concerns to Frank, Myrthe, and the whole gang at Bugaloe. I hope they catch the culprits. I know they have video cameras; let's hope they were working and recorded the robbery. Any updates will be appreciated.
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This is upsetting to me also.....I just can't imagine this type of crime invading this wonderful place.( I guess it was only a matter of time, given all that is going on on the island. As my husband said this morning, " They are catching up with the rest of the world". ) We had the pleasure of kinda meeting the owners of the Bugaloe in April when we walked the beach and stopped there for lunch. Although we didn't actually exchange names and such, we felt the warm and welcoming vibes from them. I have relatives that are making their first trip to Aruba in June, and I feel obligated to warn them about these incidences involving tourists walking from resort to resort.... they're staying AI at HI so they can walk from casino to casino. They travel and know to take precautions I'm sure...but have the travel agencies been brought up to speed about these kinds of crimes that are starting to happen? And since we don't use travel agencies to book our trips, I wouldn't know how they handle these things. Maybe someone could fill me in....I hope the criminals are caught and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law..and that law enforcement starts to realize that Aruba of old is probably gone for good,( I sure hope not) or at least for now.....until they get a handle on these things.
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Old Wednesday, May 20th, 2009, 04:13 PM
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That seems like a ridiculous amount of money for a very small bar restaurant to have on it's premises at one time. Don't most business do a daily/nightly drop. 50K sounds foolishly high to have around at a beach bar-restaurant on a Pier......it makes no sense and invites this kind of trouble......and in the slow season at that......50K, something smells VERY FISHY on that pier !!
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I guess you'd have to ask someone in the business if 50K sounds way too high.
Well, to me, IT DOES!
Whatever, I hope the police or someone in authority can do something positive about the situation.
As I might have said, we used to wander on the beach after dinner...usually just sitting and listening to the surf. We will think twice about that practice.
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I'm told by a reliable Aruban source that there may have been one too many zero's in the original post so that would bring the total take to $5000, which makes a LOT more sense to me.
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yes it would, lol. thank you!

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I'm told by a reliable Aruban source that there may have been one too many zero's in the original post so that would bring the total take to $5000, which makes a LOT more sense to me.
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I was there that night. It was PACKED, the Acquarius Band was playing and everyone was having a great time. I saw one of owners there and so many people brought their kids. I am glad none of them were hurt. $50,000 could be possible, as I said it was packed.
I am so sorry to hear this, it was a wonderful night.
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