Mexican Resident Speaks Out after Car Break-In in McAllen
MCALLEN - A man from Monterrey said nearly $5,000 worth of items, plus two passports and visas were stolen from his vehicle.
Candelario Maldonado said a trip to the Rio Grande Valley is an annual occasion for his family.
“You go shopping and then you head to the hotel, that’s why we come to McAllen,” he said.
He said they spent last Saturday making their way through shops in McAllen. When they returned to the hotel for the night, he left all his items locked in his car.
“There are many vehicles, and I saw that the most secure option – that would give us the peace of mind to leave our things in the vehicle – was in the parking garage of the hotel,” he said.
Maldonado said he got a phone call around midnight notifying him of the unexpected.
“They asked me if I owned a black truck. I went down and a McAllen police officer was down there,” he said.
Maldonado said his car window had been shattered. Everything in the car was gone, collectibles, dresses, including Maldonado and his son’s passport and visa.
“We haven’t been able to sleep. We had to stay here until Monday, so that we could obtain the report and present it in the U.S. Embassy and Mexico to prove that we were robbed here,” he said.
Veronica Arredondo, an immigration attorney licensed in Mexico, said Maldonado took the right first step when he filed the police report. Had they not done this, she said they could potentially face serious repercussions.
“If they don’t report it they won’t know that it was stolen, and if it’s duplicated or sold,” she said. “That’s what happens in those cases. It’s like that victim sold it.”
Arredondo said the police report will allow Maldonado, his son and any other victim of theft to be issued a new passport or visa.
“They have to take it again when they are filling their application with the consulate. They have to show that they were victim of theft,” she said. “To renew you visa there is a price of $340… The passport has a price of $120 to $180, I believe.”
Maldonado said they already replaced most of their stolen items except their passports and visas. He hopes to obtain new ones once they return to Monterrey.
Anyone with information about the incident can contact McAllen Crime Stoppers at 956-687-8477.
Police remind people to hide any valuable items they may have inside their vehicle. Make sure they are not visible, especially shopping bags.
Lastly, people should lock their car and activate a car alarm to ward off any potential thief.
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