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Police capture suspects stealing nearly $320,000 worth of gold in northern Vietnam

Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 15:41 GMT+7
Police capture suspects stealing nearly $320,000 worth of gold in northern Vietnam
Gold and other exhibits found at the three suspects' house. Photo: Police

Three out of four suspects have been arrested for stealing almost US$320,000 worth of gold from a private home in northern Vietnam last month, police said on Wednesday.

Officers confirmed that they had captured Pham Van Cuu, 32, Nguyen Quang Nguyen, 32, and Pham Ngoc Luyen, 22, on suspicion of property theft.

The three registered their residence in Dong Hung District, Thai Binh Province, police said.

Investigators believed that these people stole 200 taels of gold, worth $318,700, from a house in Ninh Binh Province one month ago.  

A local resident, Dinh Quang M., had informed police of thieves burgling his house and breaking a safe to take away 200 taels of gold on September 17 night.

Ninh Binh police officers then put together a team to hunt for the suspects and found out a gang headed by Pham Van Cuu.

Police discovered that the gang used cars and motorbikes to travel to many provinces and cities, stalking private homes before breaking in and stealing property.

They apprehended the three suspects after tracking them for a while. A search of their house led to the confiscation of jewelry, cash and a gun together with three bullets.

Cuu, Nguyen, and Luyen admitted to police that they had stolen the 200 taels of gold from M.’s home, adding that one more accessory, Nguyen Cong Hoan, is still at large.

Police officers are hunting for the other suspect.

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Viet Toan / Tuoi Tre News

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