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Police arrest members of pickpocket gang targeting bus passengers in Ho Chi Minh City

Sunday, October 20, 2019, 22:38 GMT+7
Police arrest members of pickpocket gang targeting bus passengers in Ho Chi Minh City
Quach Chinh Nhan is held at the police station in Thu Duc District, Ho Chi Minh City on October 19, 2019. Photo: Minh Hoa / Tuoi Tre

Police in Ho Chi Minh City have arrested and searched the houses of members of a pickpocket ring that previously targeted bus-goers in Thu Duc District.

Officers in Thu Duc on Saturday apprehended Quach Chinh Nhan, 47, who resides in Hoc Mon District, for robbery.

The arrest had been approved by the district’s People’s Procuracy.

Nhan, a.k.a. Nhan 'superman,' is the leader of a pickpocket gang at a bus stop in Linh Trung Ward, Thu Duc District that was filmed by undercover Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reporters earlier this week.

The evidence was previously submitted to the city’s public transport management center.

The agency then coordinated with police officers to deal with the case.

Quach Chinh Nhan, who wears a mask, is caught on camera stealing from an elderly woman at the bus stop in Linh Trung Ward, Thu Duc District on October 14, 2019. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Quach Chinh Nhan, who wears a mask, is caught on camera stealing from an elderly woman at the bus stop in Linh Trung Ward, Thu Duc District on October 14, 2019. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Aside from Nhan, officers also nabbed Duong Thi Sen, 54, Bui Van Vinh, 43, Do Thi Hanh, 77, and Tran Van Diep, 36.

Preliminary information showed that Nhan, Vinh, and Sen were in charge of stealing from bus-goers, while Hanh kept watch in the area.

Meanwhile, Diep was the one who bought the stolen objects from the gang.

Police also searched the homes of Nhan, Sen, and Vinh in Hoc Mon District and the southern province of Dong Nai on Saturday night and early Sunday morning to assist the investigation.

Officers search Nhan’s house on October 19, 2019. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Officers search Nhan’s house on October 19, 2019Photo: Tuoi Tre

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