The perfect target is a young woman driving alone, but in a pinch a taxi driver will do. That appears to be the policy of those quiebravidrios or window breakers who ply their trade in Hatillo on the Circunvalación highway.
Fuerza Pública officers chased one man Wednesday after he broke the side window of a taxi and took items that were inside. The suspect who was caught turned out to be a 23-year-old man who has had prior arrests for the same activities. The highway has three stop lights as it passes through the Hatillos. Traffic frequently is backed up.
Window breakers have been a continual plague in the area, and the Fuerza Pública has officers stationed at key points. However, the crime is not limited to that area. Anywhere there is a traffic jam provides fertile ground for this type of crime. San Rafael de Escazú has seen its share of such crimes.
Many times these smash-and-grab thefts are not reported. Police have continually warned individuals who drive alone in the area to keep valuables off the passenger seat or the back seat. They also have been told to keep an eye out for spotters who direct the window breakers to a likely target.