South Korean police said on Thursday that they had detained a Vietnamese man on suspicion of stealing nearly 1,000 items of clothing in five days using an alarm-proof bag, local newspapers reported.
The man, 32, stole 958 pieces of clothing from seven stores between July 20 and July 24, The Korea Herald quoted Jongno Police Station as saying.
Jongno is a district in central Seoul, the capital city of South Korea.
The stolen clothes are worth about 36 million won (US$30,000), the newspaper reported
A customized bag, designed to have clothes with anti-theft tags go undetected through security devices, was used to bypass stores’ theft alarms, police said.
The suspect arrived in South Korea on a tourist visa on July 15.
The man told police he planned to send the clothes to an accomplice in Vietnam, according to The Korea Times.
Police said all the stolen items had been recovered, including those already shipped to Vietnam.
Vietnamese citizens who are registered permanent residents in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang are eligible for five-year multiple-entry visas to South Korea.
More than 457,000 Vietnamese visited South Korea last year, up 41 percent from 2017.