One betrothed couple takes the meaning of the phrase partner in crime to a whole new level. Since November 2009, the homes of 24 Royal Caribbean customers were robbed of valuable possessions while their owners were away cruising. The alleged culprits? Newlywed and former Royal Caribbean vacation planner, Bethsaida Sandoval, 38, along with her hubby, John Lopez, also 38, who carried out the series of premeditated break-ins in Palm Beach County on passengers sailing from one of two ports in South Florida Port Everglades and the Port of Miami.
According to the probable cause affidavit submitted by the Palm Beach County Sheriffs Office, Lopez and Sandoval drove to the victims homes (as a travel agent, she already had access to the confidential information), checked for an active alarm, and surveyed the residence to ensure no one was home at the time of burglary. For a majority of the crimes, Lopez gained entrance through a sliding, glass door in the back of the house, which he shattered with a center punch a small, sharp point-marking tool, commonly used for drilling. The Sun Sentinel reports that while Sandoval waited in a black, getaway SUV, Lopez, at times with another unidentified accomplice, stole expensive articles like flat-screen televisions, jewelry, fire arms, or just plain money.
Dismissing the employee from staff on June 10, the day of her arrest, Royal Caribbean proceeded to do damage control, apologizing to burglary victims and assuring current and future passengers that Sandovals actions do not reflect on the overall quality of company performance and customer satisfaction, according to CNN.com.