Nicoya, Police News

International Livestock Theft Foiled in Nicoya

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Eleven cows that were stolen in Nicaragua were discovered in the Subasta (Auction) of Nicoya by the Public Force, including nine females and two males valued at 3 million colones ($6000), according to Omar Chavarria, Nicoya police chief.

The cattle were recovered on Thursday, March 13, at 2 p.m. by officers from the operational support group of Nicoya. The Public Force of La Cruz had received an alert from Nicaragua, alerting that the thieves might intend to sell the animals in Costa Rica. The La Cruz station transmitted the alert to other stations, and the Nicoya officers went to inspect sites where livestock might possibly be sold, Chavarria related.

At the Subasta, they found a vehicle matching the description, located the guide for transportation of livestock and the driver, verified that the characteristics of the livestock matched and then confiscated the animals so the owner can come from Nicaragua to claim them.

The suspects were sent to the fiscalia (district attorney’s office) in Liberia and since it is an international crime, they will be handed over to the fiscalia of Nicaragua, said Chavarria.