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Postcard hawker seized for stealing wallet from foreigner in Hanoi

Monday, February 23, 2015, 12:14 GMT+7
Postcard hawker seized for stealing wallet from foreigner in Hanoi
A handcuffed criminal is seen in this photo illustration.

With the support of locals in Vietnam’s capital of Hanoi, a South Korean man nabbed a postcard hawker who stole his wallet, which was in the outer compartment of his backpack, Vietnamese media said.

>> Two men held for snatching foreigner’s handbag in Hanoi Police in Hanoi on Sunday said they have detained Nguyen Van Tinh, 29, from the northern of Hung Yen, on charges of stealing property. The victim was Park Je One, 51, a South Korean tourist who was staying at the Camel City Hotel in Hanoi’s Hoan Kiem District, police said. According to the case file, Tinh was hawking postcards at the intersection of Lo Su-Dinh Tien Hoang Street in the district on Saturday afternoon when he saw Park walking towards Hoan Kiem Lake wearing a backpack. When he noticed a wallet, part of which was exposed from the outer compartment of the backpack, Tinh decided to steal it. The postcard hawker approached Park offering to sell postcards, and then pulled the wallet put of its place without being detected. However, as soon as Tinh left, Park noticed his wallet was gone and immediately ran towards Tinh, who was walking normally as if he had not done anything wrong. Some local residents and police officers on duty nearby helped Park seize the suspect, according to Cong An Nhan Dan (People’s Police) Newspaper.

Police then recovered the wallet from Tinh and returned it to its owner, the newspaper said.

The wallet contained more than VND2 million (US$94) and some personal papers, police said.

Last month, Hanoi police arrested two men who snatched a handbag from a South Korean woman in Hanoi in December 2014, the tenth street robbery the pair had committed over several months. Nguyen Xuan Hoa, 28, and Tran Huu Le, 27, were nabbed on charges of “property robbery by snatching.” The police also detained Phung Quoc Huy, 27, on charges of “harboring or consuming property acquired through the commission of crime by other persons.”

The victim in the case was Noh Hye Yuong, a 41-year-old woman of South Korean nationality, who reported the robbery to police on December 28, 2014, saying that her handbag contained a Samsung Galaxy Note 3, as well as VND8 million (US$375) and $280 in cash. After a week of investigation, police tracked down and arrested the three above men, all Hanoi residents, who pleaded guilty to stealing the bag.

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