Royal Caribbean Fires Worker Charged with Helping Burglars

Royal Caribbean says it fired an employee charged by the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office with helping burglars rob passengers' homes when they were away on cruises.

Bethsaida Sandoval, 38, who worked as a vacation planner for the cruise line, was arrested in Miami along with her husband, John Lopez, on burglary charges.

According to a number of media reports, Sandoval is alleged to have passed on addresses and sailing dates of passengers to burglars and she herself may have been on the scene of some of the break-ins. The Palm Beach Post says the break-ins occurred in at least two dozen homes in West Palm Beach, Boynton Beach, Boca Raton, Lake Worth, Palm Beach Gardens and Broward County, over the past few months.

The Post says Sandoval told investigators she drove to the houses and Lopez did the break-ins. But there are also reports other suspects are being sought.

The investigation reportedly started in January when a pattern of break-ins when people were away on Royal Caribbean cruises, was discovered. Items stolen included flat-screen TVs, jewelry and guns.

Sandoval reportedly confessed to the crimes. She was being held in lieu of $70,000 bond.

Royal Caribbean issued a statement saying the line "does not tolerate any form of criminal activity in its workforce or operations" and that it "cooperated fully with authorities during this investigation and will continue providing any assistance necessary to prosecute this individual to the fullest extent of the law."

The cruise line added, "We regret this incident occurred and hope it does not overshadow the excellent work our more than 40,000 Royal Caribbean employees do every day to provide our guests with memorable and outstanding cruise vacation experiences."

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