As reported earlier today, I went downtown to capture the festivities of the parade. I was there for about 3 hours.
Downtown is a small area and it was a zoo, to put it mildly. Streets blocked off and traffic everywhere. I was glad I took the motorscooter or I would never have gotten through. I found a parking spot with no problem and noted where I was parked. On the corner of the Osorio Hardward Store, across from Cafe Cito. Two places I am very familiar with.
When I was finished with pictures and such, I returned to my scooter. Except there was no scooter there! Somebody had stolen it!!! I never turn and lock the handlebars. Hardly anybody does when parking downtown. If somebody needs to move your bike, they can do it. But they always put it back where it was or maybe one spot forward or backwards.
There was a policeman standing on the corner where I had parked and he spoke English. I explained my dilemna to him and he was very, very helpful. (Imagine my surprise!) Since he was working traffic on that corner, he called for back up to come. Another really nice policeman from the Tourist Police branch came. We decided to walk around and look for my scooter. It is very distinctive because I put hologram stickers of sharks, stripes and even stars all over it. Trust me, there are about 150 scooters on the island that would otherwise look just like mine.
We finally found it. It was three blocks down and one block over. Nothing damaged. It is a mystery as to how it got there. Maybe a prank? Who knows. I am just glad we found it and even happier that the police were so cooperative and helpful.
I think next time we are broken into I will go make a report with the Tourist Police. They seem to care.