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Shots fired as armed men hold up Ho Chi Minh City jewelry shop

Saturday, November 16, 2019, 10:40 GMT+7
Shots fired as armed men hold up Ho Chi Minh City jewelry shop
Police officers work at the scene of a robbery at a jewelry store in Hoc Mon District, Ho Chi Minh City, November 15, 2019. Photo: Minh Hoa / Tuoi Tre

Police in Ho Chi Minh City’s Hoc Mon District are investigating a smash-and-grab robbery where two suspects fired shots at a jewelry shop owner, hammered through the glass display cabinets, and got away with valuables on Friday afternoon.

According to footage from CCTV cameras, two masked men wearing helmets and gloves could be seen rushing in the jewelry store on Tran Van Muoi Street in Hoc Mon District at about 3:20 pm.

One robber hammered away at the glass display cabinets while his accomplice used what appears to be a gun to threaten the store owner.

T., the owner, said he managed to narrowly avoid two shots fired at him by the gunman.

Two 'bang' sounds could be heard in the footage of the incident.

CCTV footage of an armed robbery at a jewelry store in Hoc Mon District, Ho Chi Minh City, November 15, 2019. Video: Minh Hoa / Tuoi Tre

“I was very scared when I saw one of the robbers holding a gun, but fortunately I was quick to tuck myself away so I was not hit,” T. told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper.

The robbers made their getaway on a motorbike after putting some gold jewelry in a bag.

T. estimated that the robbed jewelry was worth about seven to eight taels of gold.

Gold traded above VND41 million (US$1,770.4) a tael in Vietnam on Friday.

Police in Hoc Mon District cooperated with a number of professional units of Ho Chi Minh City Police to investigate the crime scene on Friday.

A glass showcase is smashed at the scene of a robbery at a jewelry store in Hoc Mon District, Ho Chi Minh City, November 15, 2019. Photo: Minh Hoa / Tuoi Tre
A glass display cabinet is smashed at the scene of a robbery at a jewelry store in Hoc Mon District, Ho Chi Minh City, November 15, 2019. Photo: Minh Hoa / Tuoi Tre

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