Megaton and Luka Dias' Home Burglarized, All Savings Lost

by Caleb on April 10, 2009

The police report from the break-in.

It is a very sad time for two of Brazilian jiu-jitsu’s toughest competitors. On March 17, while training for the 2009 BJJ Pan-Ams, the townhouse of Megaton Dias and Luka Dias was burglarized, wiping out all the funds that had been accumulated during Megaton’s twenty years teaching Brazilian jiu-jitsu in the United States.

Luka was the first to arrive home that evening and found the house open and the electricity cut off. The family’s friendly and non-aggressive pit bulls had defecated on the floor, raising the suggestion that they were perhaps “tazed” by the burglars. The thieves’ target: the safes in the upstairs bedroom.

It is suspected that the burglars had familiarity with the Dias residence because they were not deterred by the signs outside the townhouse stating that there was an alarm system (at the time there actually was not), and the “beware of dog” signs alluding to the family’s two dogs. Further, she reports that the burglars only removed the two safes that were in a closet and did not take the computers, television, or any other valuables on the property.

In addition to wiping out the savings for Megaton and Luka’s eventual retirement, the robbery has eliminated moneys saved for the college education of Megaton’s 16 year old daughter Mackenzie, who also competes regularly in Brazilian jiu-jitsu competitions.

As always, Megaton and Luka continue to compete and inspire, putting on great efforts at the 2009 Pan-Ams just 10 days after the burglary. In the time since the robbery, a member of Megaton’s affiliate in France has posted a website where members of the BJJ community can make contributions to help the Dias family recover from this tragedy.

The FightWorks Podcast encourages The Mighty 600,000 to assist the Dias family in this tough time! “Mega” and Luka are not only respected members of the BJJ family, they are just good people and could really use a hand.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Matt April 10, 2009 at 9:27 pm

Absolutely terrible! I hope things work out somehow.

ladies of pain April 11, 2009 at 2:56 pm

Is there a trust fund set up to help them? I am interested in sending some moneies to help.

Ladies of Pain
Lana Stefanac

Caleb April 11, 2009 at 6:23 pm

Yes Lana if you go to this site, there is a paypal link where one can donate.

Angel April 13, 2009 at 6:25 am

Really sad to hear that. People are awful.

Why wasn’t that money in a bank? This could of all been somewhat avoided if at least a good amount of money had been in a savings account rather than in cash inside a safe.

Caleb April 13, 2009 at 7:51 am

I think, as this forum commenter points out, it’s not too uncommon for immigrant folks to opt to keep their savings at home.

In any case it’s a shame.

Dave April 14, 2009 at 2:26 am

Tip: bolt your safe into the floor/wall if you must have one (and don’t fucking tell anybody… ), and respect the FDIC insuring any bank account up to $100,000. Not trusting the bank is all fine and dandy, but if the FDIC welshes, the USD is going to be worthless anyway so stashing your cash at home isn’t going to do shit for you unless you keep a bunch of different currencies or gold/jewels/etc. If you’re going to be paranoid, at least do it properly.

chris April 14, 2009 at 5:14 am

sure sounds like it might have been “friends.”

JOE PEREIRA July 28, 2009 at 10:01 pm


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