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Our money (800 usd) were stolen in the flat which we rent on airbnb. We rent  flat of Patricia  in Prague on Neklanova street from 30 may till 12 june 2015 . Patricia met us in the airport with her boyfriend – Samuel. She took us from airport on her car. On the way to the flat they decided to show us place where we can change money without commission.

While we were changing the money (100 usd), Samy noticed small black bag where we kept the money.  Total sum of money in it was 1000 usd with 0 balance debit card.

After arrival we talk a bit with them and they gave us keys. We decided to leave money in Paticia’s flat as it was was protected by 2 doors (entrance hall and the flat) in the luggage bag with code lock.

On Tuesday 02.06.2015 we took 100 usd (800 usd left). Next time on Thursday 04.06.2015 we decided to change another 100 usd and saw that there were no that little bag with money, and the luggage bag was cut in two places. Other things, even other money  (700 euros and 4000 roubles), passports, documents stayed there. Other things like lcd  TV’s etc were not stolen. Windows were closed. Door and windows were locked and had no any damages.

We called Patricia. She came later and called the police.

Police made photos of the cut bag gathered evidence and invited us to the police office on the next day.

After that Patricia changed the lock of the door.  We asked Patricia – if someone had access to the keys except her ? She answered no. We suspected that it could be Sammy (her boyfriend) because he saw that small bag with money.  We  asked Patricia – could that be Sammy ?  She told that Sammy had alibi because he left Prague on Tuesday’s evening .

On our arrival  to their flat Patricicia’s told that it was so bad that Sammy could not find a job, but on Thursday she told that he left Prague for a work during Tuesday evening .

On the next day we went to police. During our talk to police we were informed that Patricia was before us in police station and gave false information. She said to police that we don’t remember where we lost our money and perhaps we lost our money on the way from airport  to her house (though she took us in her car).

In Police we were informed  that it look like a typical way of robbing the guests where host work together with criminals, covering them. That was typical for gangs from Romania.

Because the door was locked and there were no damages the only suspect was the owner of the keys.

Result.  Patricia did nothing to settle that case and disappeared from the flat, so we left the keys inside and closed the doors on automatic lock.

Czech Police and Russian Embassy representatives gave us advice to spread information about that case as potentially dangerous for the guests.  We want to warn potential guests of Patricia that they are in danger.