Haiti's embassy in Nassau ransacked by thieves

Thieves who ransacked the Haitian Embassy in Nassau, Bahamas were not attempting to make off with documents of a confidential nature or any passports according to Haitian Ambassador, Antonio Rodrigue. What they were apparently after were two safes that held an un-revealed sum of money.


The thieves targeted the building, which is on Shirley Street, on a Sunday night, well into the hours of the next morning and ransacked all the drawers, but they only walked away with the two safes, leaving behind all the documents and computers. The break-in was discovered the next morning when normal work began at around 8 a.m., and the authorities were informed.
Ambassador Rodrigue said the robbery was likely part of a spate of illegal activity that has been taking place recently in the city. Just weeks ago, the Department of Immigration was also broken into. At that building, security bars were pried open and access was gained to the building, leading to the theft of personal items of the Department's employees and electronics. In this incident, those items that had been locked away safely had not been stolen.

It was only recently, on November 1, that the government implemented new policies on immigration. One of these new policies is the charge that anyone living in the Bahamas is required to have a passport from their country. Those applying for work permits, who do not have legal status, must be certified by the closest Bahamas mission or local embassy. However, the ambassador doesn't think this was in response to any of the new measures adopted.

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