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Man steals over $8,700 in armed bank heist in Vietnam

Thursday, September 28, 2017, 15:40 GMT+7

Police in Vinh Long Province, located in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, are hunting for the potentially armed suspect of an over-US$8,700 bank robbery in Vietnam. 

The robbery occurred at around 3:00 pm on Wednesday at a branch of state-run VietinBank in Hoa Phu Industrial Park, Hoa Phu Commune, Long Ho District.

Initial reports claim the suspect was wearing a helmet and face cover while wielding an object that appeared to be a gun

According to the reports, the suspect charged into the facility and instructed everyone to lay down on the floor before forcing an employee to fill his bag with cash.

Despite being unsure if the gun was real, everyone inside the bank followed the robber’s order for the sake of their own safety.

The criminal took more than VND200 million ($8,724) before escaping on a Honda Airblade bearing no license plate.

Police units led by Colonel Nguyen Van Ngan, deputy director of the provincial Department of Police, arrived at the bank shortly after the incident to begin carrying out an investigation.

“The entire incident was captured on security cameras,” an inspector said.

Competent authorities are exerting all efforts to catch the robber, who they suspect is around 30 years old.

Video footage showed that he was wearing a T-shirt with two vertical stripes, a pair of khaki pants, sneakers, and a red helmet.

Last week, the People’s Court in the Mekong Delta province of Tra Vinh sentenced Le Lam Hung, a 29-year-old engineer, to 20 years in prison for carrying out an armed heist in Duyen Hai District on April 26. 

Hung was wearing a mask and threatening the employees with a gun when he took over VND1.6 billion ($70,000) in Vietnamese dong and over $30,000 in U.S. dollars.

The man was arrested in early May, about 10 days after the robbery.

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