Two suspects face claims they took bags from tourists

Two men who are suspects in a rash of tourist bus thefts have been detained.

They were detained Friday by Judicial Investigating Organization agents, who said the duo targeted buses at San Carlos, Jacó, Puntarenas, and Monteverde in order to search for potential theft opportunities.

The men would first scout out the locations and identify future victims before they would board the buses and take off with the personal items of passengers, according to agents. Investigators said they saw one of the subjects board a bus in Jacó while his partner followed behind in a car.

At a stop in Atenas on the Caldera highway, the man on the bus got off holding a bag belonging a foreigner before officers approached him. A report from the Judicial Investigating Organization said the suspect tried to flee for the nearby mountains but was quickly apprehended. The other man was then detained when he drove by the bus stop presumably to retrieve the first suspect.

Agents confiscated the vehicle and found a Nikon camera with lenses in the stolen bag.

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