Getting groceries the "commando" way

This is what criminals are going after now…

In recent years, a new kind of robbery has become recurrent in Venezuela: the “commando assault”. Its modus operandi is based on a large and organized group of criminals (ten or more), who arrive to a location like a commercial building or a gated community, and do their job in an organized fashion.

They’re better prepared that the average malandro, less prone to confrontation and prefer to take their time during work (hours instead of minutes). Given those elements, it’s suspected that many of those involved are active or former members of law enforcement.

This week one of these groups entered a Valencia supermarket, but money wasn’t their only objective. They took some shipments of food staples: sugar, flour, cooking oil, and chicken. According to sources in the police, this incident is not isolated.

It could be related to the current shortage of several products, linked to the lack of available foreign currency. Even the Food Minister Carlos Osorio has somehow admitted the problem and has blamed “mafias” inside the food distribution chain, like one he just uncovered inside PDVAL.

Meanwhile, street vendors are still making good business. The distribution chain remains intact.

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  1. Of course quality of life has improved for the Venezuelan masses, according to the Yoyos and the Get a Clues and Arturos of this world. Of course, when thieves and robbers go after

    -STAPLE FOODSTUFFS: cooking oil and flour, not caviar.
    -ORDINARY FURNITURE and ELECTRONICS: old ones, not new iPads
    -USED CLOTHES AND SHOES: For Chrissakes!
    -OLD CARS AND USED SPARES: The meanest jalopy barely able to run is at risk in Venezuela.

    I was surprised to see as a Venezuelan, how in normal and in developed countries, how much old furniture and electronics was found in dumps, in perfect working order, or else could be had from the owner for the bother of taking them out. In those countries, burglars and thieves might steal expensive and last generation electronics, a new bike or motorcycle, a new car, money and jewels, but they don’t waste time on anything not new. As for groceries, you could lug a bag or two you couldn’t lift off a supermarket for the 4 hours minimum wages.

    Note to the PSFs: That didn’t happen before in Venezuela.

    Things you see in wartime, in the LOSING and BOMBED OUT country. Or in Communist Lalalands, maybe. But things have improved that now these things happen. Thanks Hugo and economic team, you have reduced even criminality to scrounging, foraging and survival levels!

  2. Well, during the French Revolution, the “first-line revolutionaries” were known as “sans culottes”… which fits both senses…

  3. Meanwhile, street vendors are still making good business. The distribution chain remains intact.

    Meh oligarch types always looking for causality and coincidents.

    Also… heh.


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