Cuban Actress Maka and Husband Become Victims of Robbery in Mexico
CubitaNOW Writing ~ Sunday June 25, 2023
The renowned Cuban actress, María Karla Rivero Veloz, widely known as Maka, and her husband, the talented actor Jean Michel Fernández, recently experienced a distressing incident of robbery during their visit to Mexico.
According to the couple, the unfortunate event took place in the beautiful city of Playa del Carmen, where they had traveled for a vacation.
“While we were in Playa del Carmen, we went out for breakfast and when we returned to our car, we discovered that we had been robbed,” expressed Maka, who is currently based in Miami.
The thieves targeted Iré’s backpack, which contained her tablet and personal belongings, as well as Jean’s backpack with his clothes. The couple emphasized that the robbers did not take their suitcase due to its size and the presence of a padlock.
“I’m left without any clothes, not even underwear,” lamented Jean Michel, while Maka listed some of the stolen items, including Jean’s clothes, a new iPad, and Crocs belonging to their son, Iré.
Inside the car, where Maka’s mother, the renowned Cuban actress Coralita Veloz, was also present, Maka expressed the feeling of emptiness and helplessness that arises when one becomes a victim of theft, regardless of the value of the stolen items.
“And the saddest part is that after being robbed, when you go to file a complaint, they even charge you for it,” regretted Jean Michel, revealing that they had to pay 200 Mexican pesos to obtain the official complaint document.
“To receive the complaint form, they demand payment, even after you’ve been robbed,” Maka added, while also mentioning that they discovered the existence of a gang specializing in such crimes.
“Fortunately, we are safe and have our important documents with us,” acknowledged Maka. “Although they stole some belongings, including a few clothing items, they couldn’t take away our happiness,” remarked Jean Michel.
The resilient couple expressed their determination to continue enjoying their trip by purchasing replacements for the stolen items.
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Couple had been vacationing. While walking in a popular tourist area, they were approached by two individuals on a motorcycle who snatched Maka’s purse and quickly fled the scene. The purse contained valuable items, including personal identification, credit cards, and cash.
Maka and her husband immediately reported the incident to the local authorities, who are currently investigating the robbery. The couple expressed their shock and disappointment at being targeted in such a manner, as they had always felt safe during their previous visits to Mexico.
The incident serves as a reminder of the importance of personal safety and vigilance while traveling, even in seemingly safe areas. Maka and Jean Michel urged fellow travelers to be cautious and take necessary precautions to avoid falling victim to similar crimes.
What are some recommended safety precautions that travelers can take to prevent theft while on vacation?
1. Invest in a good-quality lock for your luggage and use it whenever you are away from your bags, especially in crowded places like airports, train stations, or bus terminals.
2. Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Instead, rely on credit cards, traveler’s checks, or a secure money belt under your clothing.
3. Keep your valuables (such as passports, important documents, and expensive electronics) locked in the hotel safe when you are not using them.
4. Be cautious of your surroundings and keep an eye on your belongings at all times. Thieves often strike when travelers are distracted or unaware.
5. Avoid flaunting expensive jewelry, cameras, or electronics, as it may attract unwanted attention.
6. Use a money pouch or concealed pocket to store your valuables, ensuring that they are not easily accessible to pickpockets.
7. Be wary of strangers approaching you, especially if they seem too friendly or overly interested in your personal information or belongings.
8. Avoid leaving your belongings unattended, even for a brief moment, such as when using the restroom or grabbing a quick snack.
9. Stay vigilant in crowded places, particularly on public transportation, where pickpockets often operate. Keep your bags in front of you and exercise caution when someone bumps into you.
10. Research and be aware of common scams and theft tactics in the area you are visiting. Understanding the local risks can help you prepare and take necessary precautions.
11. If you are in a foreign country, familiarize yourself with the local emergency contacts, such as the police and the nearest embassy, in case of any theft or loss.
Remember, prevention is key, so staying alert, aware, and proactive can greatly reduce the chances of falling victim to theft while traveling.