Just The Facts Ma’am
Yes, I used to watch Jack Webb on Dragnet.
Today I was in PanaFoto and was approached by a Chiriquí Chatter reader who lives in Volcan. She asked my opinion about something that had happened recently in Volcan.
This is my attempt to present what I heard, so that the real facts may come out.
The lady told me that, recently, a friend of hers had had three cars pull up in front of her house and tell her that they were from the police and that the police had been notified that the house had guns in it and they had to inspect the house.
They were let in. One went with the lady through the house. I don’t know what the others did. The net out is that they left after looking through the house.
After listening to the story, I said that , if it were me, I would not have opened the door for anyone I didn’t know, including people representing themselves as police. There have been robberies in David by individuals representing themselves as police, Cable Company Employees, and other official looking uniforms with one story or another to gain entrance to the house.
I said before I admitted anyone, I would have called the police and told them that I had people at my front door (representing themselves as police) asking to enter and I want to know if they are they official.
It is obviously more difficult to do that if you don’t speak Spanish. If you don’t speak Spanish, it might be worth your paying for Rodney’s service, so you could call him and let him communicate with the police in your behalf.
After the lady left, I called a friend I have in Volcan and he and Jorge, from Mana, went to the police to check on the situation. The police knew nothing about it and said if the police were to go to a house as described, they would take someone from the DIJ with them.
As I said earlier, this is all hearsay to me, but I feel it is important to share in hopes that it creates some discussion and roots out the facts.
With the recent spike in crime in Chiriquí, both Boquete and Volcan are taking actions to prevent more house invasions and break-ins. Road checkpoints have been established in some areas.
If you know the individuals that were involved, I would advise their going to the Volcan police and discussing the situation. At minimum, go see Jorge and have him go with you to the Volcan police, if it warrants.
I don’t like posting hearsay, but I am making an exception in hopes that some good will come from it.