One of US President George Bush’s 24-year-old twin daughters had her handbag stolen from under a Buenos Aires restaurant table while being guarded by the Secret Service, US and Argentine media have reported today.
ABC News, citing unidentified law enforcement reports, reported that Barbara Pierce Bush’s handbag and mobile phone were taken while she was dining on a visit to the Argentinian capital.
La Nacion newspaper, citing anonymous government sources, reported on its front page that one of Bush’s daughters had her handbag stolen on Sunday in San Telmo, a cobblestone district of cafes, antique houses and steakhouses.
A pair of thieves removed the handbag from under a table while Secret Service agents stood at a distance, La Nacion reported.
The newspaper said its sources did not reveal which of the Bush daughters had her handbag stolen.
Police said they received no complaint, and the US Embassy in Buenos Aires said it would not comment.
In Washington, the White House, Secret Service and State Department also declined to comment.
CNN cited a law-enforcement source briefed on the incident as saying that “at no point were the protectees out of visual contact and at no point was there any risk of harm.”
Today in San Telmo, Argentines sipped coffee and watched TV news anchors interviewing passers-by as the reports filled news and talk shows.
Barbara’s twin, Jenna, visited neighbouring Paraguay last month for a Unicef programme for young professionals.
Tour guide Guillermina Cambiasso said she cautions tourists to guard their valuables and not carry passports on the streets.
And, like others, she asked: “How could this happen with the security she has?”