Police in Ho Chi Minh City have captured four members of a criminal gang who had carried out approximately 30 robberies across southern Vietnam in the past two months.
Luong Minh Hung, 25, leader of the group, Nguyen Ngoc My, 29, Nguyen Vo Bao Dat, 23, and Truong Quoc Bao, 17, have been arrested.
The four suspects were transferred to a police station in Tan Phu District for further investigation on Monday.
According to initial statements, the gang has committed over 20 robberies in Ho Chi Minh City and 10 others in other southern localities, namely Long An, Tien Giang, Ben Tre, Binh Duong, Dong Nai, and Vung Tau.
They often operated in groups, whereby some members were in charge of snatching valuables while others blocked the victims if they tried to pursue them.
The criminals sometimes kicked victims off their motorbikes and stole their vehicles if they could.
In one incident on September 5, Hung, My, Dat, and a man named Mun, who were riding four separate motorbikes, spotted Nguyen Minh Tuan, 38, on a street in Tan Phu District at around 10:30 pm.
|The motorbikes they used in the robberies. Photo: Ho Chi Minh City Police|
My approached and then grabbed Tuan’s handbag, which contained VND50 million (US$2,191) ,while the other three obstructed the victim as he tried to chase My.
At around 1:00 am on August 8, the same gang traveled from Ho Chi Minh City to Vung Tau at high speed.
During the journey, they snatched a handbag from one woman and a cellphone from another man. Both victims were pushed off their motorcycles during the robberies.
According to officers, members of the gang have long criminal records. They are unemployed, often stay in hotels, participate in street racing, and use drugs.
The criminals even provoked officers while being chased down.
Following an investigation, police units carried out a raid on a karaoke bar in Binh Tan District on September 17, arresting Bao, Dat, Hung, and My.
Officers are currently collecting statements from other suspects to expand the case.