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    Bad Cocal Thief, Andrea Julissa Lantigua Valdez

    Just got back from a Jaco trip. Had a good time but would like to warn other would be victims about a bad ladrona (thief) at the Cocal. We stayed at the Vista Mar. My buddy, let's call CR, short for Crown Royal because that what he drinks to excess on a far too regular basis. So, everyone in the condo goes sleep for the night except CR who catches a second wind and goes to the Cocal casino by himself. He plays roulette and drinks some more. A Dominican thief by the name of Andrea Julissa Lantigua Valdez homes in on CR and plays roulette right beside him until the casino shuts down for the night. CR claims he won $500 playing roulette and invited Andrea up to the Vista Mar condo for a masaje. CR passes out from too much alcohol and Andrea lifts his $500 winnings and 2 high dollar cell phones. I know, he screwed up but she is a bad fucking professional thief. Watch the hell out for her. Don't have a picture of her but maybe someone else on the board does. Please post one if anyone has one. She is cute with a slim waist and a big ass. We notified the security at the Vista Mar and reviewed the video. Allen, the manager of the Cocal, was notified and acted like he didn't give a fuck about his clients getting ripped off. Bottom line...No recourse. Heard that Andrea has been caught ripping off before and banned temporarily from the Cocal. Probably only until the victim leaves Jaco and returns to the U.S. Personally, I hope a victim catches her and breaks her arm. My only goal here is to expose her and alert other guys to avoid becoming victims of this scamming cunt.

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    I wish that more people would post these kinds of reports. This is the kind of information that every monger in Costa Rica can use. I always recommend, as early as possible in any encounter, to take a photo of the girl (of course, in this case, the cellphones were also stolen, probably along with any photos).

    Thanks again. Sorry about your buddy's bad luck. However, you may have just saved another guy $500, or even more.

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    Indeed. Is there any way of identifying this girl?

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    Someone must have a pic of her. The security guards at the Vista Mar know her. They photocopied her ID and have a picture of her and video. Lester is one of the guards and was very cordial and helpful. I believe he is a Tico. The scam happened on the shift covered by I believe his name is Gerald. Gerald supposedly is also Dominican and may have covered for her as I do not believe she was escorted by CR back to security for retrieval of her ID. I personally asked Gerald if I could have a copy of her ID with her picture but he declined indicating that he would have to ok it with the management of the Cocal. What kind of shit is that? Security guards trying to protect a criminal? The guard shack at the Cocal was alerted about her and she attempted to gain entry the very next day. Supposedly, she was denied entry but then asked to talk to Allen. She lives in Jaco and can't make a living without scamming at the Cocal. The Cocal knows she's a ladrona which means they are co-conspirators / partners in crime. I got a bad taste of the Cocal because the two phones were mine. I may never again return to the Cocal. Beware, and obviously, lock up all money, passports, and phones so that you too don't become a victim. Use the buddy system always.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diver View Post
    We notified the security at the Vista Mar and reviewed the video.
    Personal security and well-being is no more paramount than within the confines of your room. If Vista Mar has working video cameras on premises, I'd be very concerned if this thief was able to avoid detection. Can you elaborate on the investigation while you were there? It doesn't sound like anything was discovered. Americans implicitly forfeit a certain amount of personal security when traveling abroad but hearing about recent incidents on the Cocal property is disturbing.

    A group of us are heading down to Jaco in May and we decided a multi-condo arrangement would allow us to better secure our personal valuables than, say, a oceanfront vacation rental. But who really secures their phone in a safe overnight? For me at least, I'd be less concerned with the $500 and more concerned about the security of the information now in the hands of a tech savvy bottom-feeder. LinkedIn, Facebook, Email - the number of connections to your real life are staggering and in the wrong hands would amount to your worst nightmare coming true. I have personal experience with an extortion attempt that started with an email address. I'm not hear to rant about the perils of mongering and I can appreciate crime statistics anyone cares to share, but the timing of my first post to this forum and this cautionary tale is a reminder just how much some risk for this hobby.

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    Crime in Costa Rica is mostly non-violent. Crime here is also best characterized by the phrase "Crime of Opportunity." Ticos and Ticas are not a violent people, generally speaking -- Nor are they criminal masterminds. "Forethought" and "Advance Planning" are largely Alien concepts here. Your Passport, Your Wallet, Your Cash, Your Credit Cards, Your High-Tech Devices... that's what they (the bad ones) are looking for. Most of the Ticos and Ticas that you meet in regular places are good people. However, mongers tend to hang out in the establishments that attract the "Dregs" of CR society. That's just the way it is. Until prostitution is de-stigmatized, that's the way it will always be.

    The "Buddy System" is a great idea. If you can stand it, having a sober "Designated Driver" (actually, a designated shit-kicker) is a great idea. Grease the security guys. Make them appreciate YOU more than the girls. The girls get away with giving as little as they can to the security guys. Slip the security guys a "Rojo" each, every day that you're there at the hotel. Shake their hands and smile at them, every time you walk by them. They'll know you by name on the second day you're there. And if a girl gives you shit, they'll tell her to hit the road.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diver View Post
    The scam happened on the shift covered by I believe his name is Gerald. Gerald supposedly is also Dominican and may have covered for her as I do not believe she was escorted by CR back to security for retrieval of her ID. I personally asked Gerald if I could have a copy of her ID with her picture but he declined indicating that he would have to ok it with the management of the Cocal. What kind of shit is that? Security guards trying to protect a criminal? The guard shack at the Cocal was alerted about her and she attempted to gain entry the very next day. Supposedly, she was denied entry but then asked to talk to Allen. She lives in Jaco and can't make a living without scamming at the Cocal. The Cocal knows she's a ladrona which means they are co-conspirators / partners in crime. I got a bad taste of the Cocal because the two phones were mine. I may never again return to the Cocal. Beware, and obviously, lock up all money, passports, and phones so that you too don't become a victim. Use the buddy system always.
    Cocal is just another typical Costa Rican venue. I strongly encourage guys to visit and stay at Cocal, because it is "Ground Zero" for mongering in Jaco right now. However... It is on the Fast Track to the typical CR scenario. It rests upon its laurels. Its security guys are in cahoots with the girls who are scamming the customers. The managers don't care if a Gringo tourist gets ripped off. The people just can't resist pushing the limits and milking the tourists. It happens all the time in CR. Cocal will fold, just like the rest of them do... Unless they drastically change their tune. However, until that time... Mongers should continue to visit and use the place. Just keep an eye on your stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Speedy1 View Post
    Cocal is just another typical Costa Rican venue. I strongly encourage guys to visit and stay at Cocal, because it is "Ground Zero" for mongering in Jaco right now. However... It is on the Fast Track to the typical CR scenario. It rests upon its laurels. Its security guys are in cahoots with the girls who are scamming the customers. The managers don't care if a Gringo tourist gets ripped off. The people just can't resist pushing the limits and milking the tourists. It happens all the time in CR. Cocal will fold, just like the rest of them do... Unless they drastically change their tune. However, until that time... Mongers should continue to visit and use the place. Just keep an eye on your stuff.
    Well said. Nothing is ever permanent in Costa Rica because of this philosophy. Yes, the Cocal is fun, and it's even a nice place to stay. The Tico staff and to some extent, management view the girls as the constant and the clients as transient, or expendable. I know Alan and he seems like a nice guy, but at the end of the day, my experience tells me he's still a Tico. And Ticos have very flexible morals when it comes to business.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonesie View Post
    I know Alan and he seems like a nice guy, but at the end of the day, my experience tells me he's still a Tico. And Ticos have very flexible morals when it comes to business.


    very flexible morals when it comes to business...


    That's putting it mildly. I absolutely encourage all mongers to head to the Cocal. It is indeed "Ground Zero" for mongering in Costa Rica, for now.

    But... Nobody... On God's Green Earth... Remembers the last time that Cocal gave a shit about a Gringo Tourist. Keep an eye on your stuff. Absolutely DO NOT trust any of the girls. And... Absolutely, Positively, do not trust any of the Hotel Cocal staff... From the King on Down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diver View Post
    Someone must have a pic of her. The security guards at the Vista Mar know her. They photocopied her ID and have a picture of her and video. Lester is one of the guards and was very cordial and helpful. I believe he is a Tico. The scam happened on the shift covered by I believe his name is Gerald. Gerald supposedly is also Dominican and may have covered for her as I do not believe she was escorted by CR back to security for retrieval of her ID. I personally asked Gerald if I could have a copy of her ID with her picture but he declined indicating that he would have to ok it with the management of the Cocal. What kind of shit is that? Security guards trying to protect a criminal? The guard shack at the Cocal was alerted about her and she attempted to gain entry the very next day. Supposedly, she was denied entry but then asked to talk to Allen. She lives in Jaco and can't make a living without scamming at the Cocal. The Cocal knows she's a ladrona which means they are co-conspirators / partners in crime. I got a bad taste of the Cocal because the two phones were mine. I may never again return to the Cocal. Beware, and obviously, lock up all money, passports, and phones so that you too don't become a victim. Use the buddy system always.


    I mentioned this in another thread, but I don't remember exactly where that post is. Anyway, the basic philosophy...

    Yes... The Security Guys might be in cahoots with the girl. However... That's not the primary concern.


    As I mentioned in that previous post... Stealing (non-violently) is kind of the "National Sport" of Costa Rica. If someone can lift cash and/or items from your pockets or your baggage, that's a "Fair Play." I'm serious -- That's Tico/Tica philosophy. In their minds, no crime has been committed... You just got "Outplayed." Don't expect any help from the Hotel staff or the Cops.

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