(April, 26) A group of burglars entered the apartment of a resettled Bhutanese located on the 3100 block of Coolidge Ave. in Oakland, California and took their valuables and some money yesterday at around 3:30 Pm. The thieves broke into Devi Charan Dahal’s apartment when the Dahal family had been out of the town for a day long excursion organized by their resettlement agency-International Rescue Committee(IRC), according to the victims.
“When we came back home at around 4PM, we found the doors latched from inside, our clothes and stuffs scattered all around the floor”, Devi Charan, who looked hopeless, said this morning.
The thieves broke the iron rods of a window at the back of their apartment and entered into their house. Until this morning the traumatized Dahal family were not sure of the exact amount of money lost. But, Devi’s Octogenarian mother said the thieves had taken around one thousand dollars that she had kept under her pillow.
In a bid to pacify the fear and shock inflicted by the incident, several Bhutanese including the members of the BACC and BASCO had reached Dahal’s residence shortly after the incident. “This is a small incident but we have to take it seriously”, BASCO’s executive director, Mr. Rajen Giri said.
“The window was totally broken and everything was messed-up, we didn’t sleep, we desperately waited for the police officers to reach us early but unfortunately they showed up only after 8 hours of the incident at mid- night, despite our multiple calls to the Oakland Police Department”, Devi said. I want to talk to IRC to make necessary arrangement to move us to another apartment as soon as possible, he further added.
Devi Charan and his family had arrived Oakland on December last year from Beldangi-1 Refugee camp in Jhapa, Nepal.