Two Vietnamese women disguised themselves as customers to distract a shop assistant in Hanoi for a young boy to steal an iPhone, according to what was captured by a security camera.
The entire incident which happened on Sunday at a cellphone accessory shop in Dong Da District was recorded by the security camera installed inside the venue.
The footage appears to show that the woman wearing a T-shirt with horizontal stripes and the kid were pretending to look for cellphone cases on sale at the store.
Meanwhile, the woman wearing a red and white T-shirt occupied the shop assistant by asking several questions about the products.
As the employee was distracted, the first woman nodded to signal for the young boy to go through to the drawers at the counter to steal an iPhone and hide it under his clothes.
The footage has gone viral on Facebook, capturing the attention and raising the concern of many Internet users.
“How could the adults tell their child to do that? Was it possible that they wanted to train the young boy to become a ‘professional’ thief at such a young age?” one viewer commented.
“Stealing is a sin itself. Getting your kid to steal for you is beyond any imagination. I would pity the little boy if one of the women is his mother,” another remarked.
According to online newspaper Dan Tri, the stolen phone belonged to the shop assistant, who has already reported the staged theft to authorities.