Miguel Bosé has suffered an armed robbery in Rancho San Francisco, a high-security luxury housing development in Mexico City’s Álvaro Obregón borough. The singer was at home at with his two 12-year-old sons at eight P.M. on Friday, August 18, when a group of 10 armed men entered, according to a message posted Monday on Bosé's Instagram account. “They robbed us, and they had me, my sons and the house staff tied up for more than two hours,” Bosé wrote. The capital’s authorities are investigating the incident to clarify how 10 armed men could enter a closed high-security development where homes cost up to 60 million pesos (some $3.3 million).
Despite the robbery, Bosé affirmed in his message that no one was hurt. The thieves shut the family and the staff —two bodyguards and a domestic worker— in a room. During the following two hours, the men had time to search the house. They took jewelry, cash and the singer’s blue Chevrolet Suburban, which they used to leave the high-security neighborhood. Police found the vehicle some 20 kilometers from Bosé's house in the Periodista neighborhood of the Miguel Hidalgo borough. It is now in the hands of the authorities. Neither Bosé nor his legal representative have filed an official report of the crime.
The burglars stowed their stolen goods in the vehicle. To escape, according to the Mexican entertainment journalist Gustavo Adolfo Infante, the group boarded the van and forced Bosé's chauffeur to drive them out of the development. Cameras show the group leaving the house with the driver. They “had studied and measured everything to do it quickly,” the artist says. “Everything was very tense, delicate and unpleasant.” The famous singer expressed his gratitude for the support: “Thanks to everyone for demonstrating constant concern, but don’t worry. To my neighbors, the first to arrive, many thanks from the heart.”
Sources close to the investigation arrived at the scene of the crime after receiving an emergency call from a neighbor. When they arrived, security personnel did not let them enter for 35 minutes. Thanks to security cameras, authorities have seen how the thieves disarmed Bosé's bodyguard and throw his weapons into the house’s garden. The private developments around Mexico City maintain such high security measures that in many cases, the authorities themselves have trouble entering.
Authorities insist that they tried to enter the development multiple times, but that the administrator denied them. This Monday, officers spoke with the administrator of the residential compound, who said that Bosé was not at home and did not want to give statements about the incident.
Miguel Bosé moved to Mexico in 2018, two months after appearing on the blacklist of the Spanish tax agency, who he owned $1.8 million. The singer moved his sons to a private school in the Mexican capital. He has long attempted to protect Diego and Tadeo from the spotlights, thus the decision to move them to a wealthy area with private security. The most opulent parts of the city are also victim to robberies and break-ins, a reflection of the poverty that still surrounds the largest city in Latin America.
At the end of June, four armed thieves with pistols, hammers and machetes robbed a jewelry store in the Antara mall in Polanco, one of the city’s wealthiest neighborhoods. The security personnel could do nothing but watch the thieves smash the jewelry stores’ windows to pieces. Despite the security challenges that the capital faces, Miguel Bosé insisted in his message that it will not make him abandon Mexico City: “And to those who speculate that I will leave Mexico, I’m sorry to disappoint you. Here I am and here I’ll stay, in the most hospitable country in the world.”
With information from Georgina Zerega.
Sign up for our weekly newsletter to get more English-language news coverage from EL PAÍS USA Edition