Thanks to Granada Police Dept

Last Friday evening, it came to our attention that all of the jewelry that we kept locked up and hidden away (mostly irreplaceable family pieces) had been stolen.

My husband and I went directly to the police station in Granada after ripping apart our home to no avail. The police acted quickly and efficiently to bring in an employee we suspected. Shortly afterward, the suspect confessed.

The officers worked throughout the entire night and almost until noon the next day on this case, which turned out to be very complicated. Miraculously, they recovered almost everything. The suspect will remain in custody until his trial.

We have always had very good experiences dealing with the Granada police department, but this time their response was exceptional. We really required serious help fast and it was handled with stellar dedication to justice and service, as well as with world-class police techniques.

The officers couldn’t have been any more professional or capable. Our sincerest thank you goes out to every official who worked on this case.

  • Freddy

    I am always impressed by their professionalism. Much different from US funded NAZIs in El Salvador and the ticos. Los Nicaraguenses son buena gente.

  • Ana Anonima

    When you hand them the “suspect’s” name and the subject is jewelry so they may assume they’ll get a reward…ah, yes, such efficiency.

    But, when, on two separate occasions, I had friends who were taxi kidnapped, driven around for hours, tortured, robbed by ATM and thrown out of a moving taxi hours later, the police would only accept a report. They did absolutely nothing else.

    And when a local volunteer was grabbed from a bus stop in broad daylight, raped repeatedly, robbed and thrown out of a taxi, all the police did was accept a report. In all three cases, when the victims had nothing left but the clothes they were wearing, the police didn’t even drive them home or allow them to use the police station phone, nor did they take the rape victim to the hospital.

    In another instance, a neighbor saw boys destroying a vacant ex-pat owned house, called police, they came, he told them where the boys lived, they said they didn’t have gas money to investigate (the stock story to extract money from victims); the neighbor gave them “gas money”, they left and never returned, never did anything more. They wouldn’t accept a complaint from him as a witness to the crime because he was not the owner of the house. He provided them with the location and descriptions of the vandals and nothing was ever done. They were back within days, vandalizing homes on the same street, including setting off morteros into the homes, throwing burning materials at them and poking out windows with a long pole.

    This story of police “professionalism” is remarkable only in that it’s the first positive one I’ve heard, after hearing dozens of really, really negative ones. My Nica friends and relatives say they never call the police because “they won’t do anything anyway.”

    • Nadene Holmes Ubau

      I am sorry to hear about these terrible things that have happened to your friends and neighbors. How horrific! It is understandable why you wouldn’t have any faith in their system.

      In our case, we were lucky enough that only one extra person had been in our home so we easily did the math.

      About a possible reward, no one asked for one or even insinuated there should be one and when I expressed gratitude to the officer who was heading up the case at one point, she simply said “No problem at all–this is my job”.

      Having worked in tourism for the last 9 years in Granada, I have had to approach the police for help on several occasions on behalf of others who can’t speak Spanish. I have many more stories where efficient, good service was given as well. In fact, I don’t have one where it wasn’t.

      All I really know is that I am grateful to sleep well at night feeling the police can be counted on– based on my own experiences.

  • Michelle Ortega

    I would have to agree with Ana …. while wonderful that the police actually showed up and did something for you guys … I would say that it is NOT the norm.
    I have had kids break my window – where I saw them do it even – and called the police and they still haven’t done anything about it.
    If I have a problem, I call my cousin or other police friends personally to come resolve the problem or it will never be resolved.
    Right now I’ve been passed around at the Comiseria de las mujers for 2 weeks like a joke. My daughter is a minor and a run-away at the moment … she has dual citizenship in the US and Nicaragua …. I can’t get them to act or help for anything. The law says one thing (she’s a minor and needs to come home) … getting them to enforce this is like pulling teeth …. and now to add insult to injury … they are making up stuff on both sides.
    Again … I’m so glad they acted for you and that you were able to recover your items. Unfortunately though – it’s not the norm.

  • Cal

    Well you’ve just about changed my mind…..I “was” thinking about moving to your country.

  • NJ Bill

    The cops here professionals? You gotta be kidding me, totally absurd. The Nica cops are most corrupt, scrounge bastards Ive ever seen. Just yesterday I heard that the cop appointed to patrol my neighborhood was lending his gun out to his thief brother in law so he can rob foreigners and of-course he got his cut. Been here over 20 years and I can tell you horror stories that ex cops (that are now security guards) have told me. The problem here is that cops get paid next to nothing, so most of them are scumbag thieves in uniform. Cal stay away, far away!

  • Colonelwai

    I was living next to the police office in Granada downtown. The difflock pads of my Landcruiser were stolen. I’ve been living in Africa for many years but this is very unique: in this country they steal under the eye of the police! Unique experience which cost me 300 USD But the ordinary people here are really marvelous, because of them I love this country.