Cops and Robbers

(A word to the wise by Gina Leach)

A few weeks ago my father had an eye operation here on the island. Having spent a long day with him and my mother in the hospital I brought them home at 6.30 in the evening. Parking the car outside their house, Dad was still a bit doddery from his op so I very stupidly legged it out of the car to help him into the house without locking the car first. I must have been gone less than two minutes and on returning to the car I realised that my handbag was not there.

Panicking, I checked the house (in my old age I thought I might have taken it in and forgotten) then headed straight down to the Ribeira Brava Police Station. Slightly hysterical by this time as my bag holds my entire life, I reported the theft to them and look and behold, ten minutes later, they turned up with my bag. The thief had left it outside the next-door neighbours garage, all that was missing was my mobile phone (a birthday gift from my family) no money was stolen or cards.

Feeling a little shaken but relieved I went home bemoaning the fact that I had lost my phone but at least I had everything else. I also paid a visit to the local bar telling them what had occurred (they were all up in arms as it does not make the community look good) and one gentleman in there was fairly sure that he knew who had done it however I was fairly shocked to receive a phone call at ten the following evening from the Police saying that they had got my phone and could I come down and get it.

I cannot describe how delighted I was and when I collected it I don’t know who had the biggest grins, them or me!! I want to give a big thank you to the Police in Ribeira Brava for their efforts they are not just out there to get you for speeding!! This Island is on the whole safe to live on but there are always opportunists out there so do be careful.

You will find more of Gina’s Madeira experiences in monthly (free) newspaper The Madeira Times

6 Replies to “Cops and Robbers”

  1. That was pretty scary but at least you were able to recover your stuff. Just be careful and alert in your next trip.

  2. Luckely the island is still very safe, but we must be carefull. I’m happy for you that everything was solved so quickly! PS I hope George is recuperating well?

  3. Hi Gina, I’m glad to hear that you recovered your possessions. I am writing you because we share the same name. I was wondering if you you would email me and we could find out more about our backgrounds? You can reach me at *********** .

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

  4. Dear Gina,
    Amazing, small world eh?, have replied to your email as well, yes Dad is fine from his op and yes I am more observant now!!

  5. Hi Gina, I did not receive your email. Please resend so I can reply and send you some pics and perhaps you can send some tom me? Looking forward to your reply.
    GML

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