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In Vietnam, gold shops robbed as owners watch SEA Games football

In Vietnam, gold shops robbed as owners watch SEA Games football

Wednesday, December 04, 2019, 16:41 GMT+7
In Vietnam, gold shops robbed as owners watch SEA Games football
The Kim Hung Gold Shop in the south-central Vietnamese province of Binh Dinh is seen after a robbery on December 3, 2019. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Separate robberies have taken place in Vietnam during football matches at the 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games this month, with the perpetrators breaking in while residents were busy watching the live games on TV.

A man in the south-central Vietnamese province of Binh Dinh has been nabbed for robbing a local gold shop and attacking the owners with a hammer.

Police in Tuy Phuoc District arrested Vo Van Thanh, 22, at around 9:30 pm on Tuesday, just one hour after he broke into the venue.

The robbery took place when local football lovers were watching Vietnam U22s clashing with their Singaporean opponents in the men’s football tournament at the 2019 SEA Games in the Philippines.

The entrance of Kim Hung Gold Shop in Binh Dinh Province. Photo: Thai Thinh / Tuoi Tre

The entrance of Kim Hung Gold Shop in Binh Dinh Province. Photo: Thai Thinh / Tuoi Tre

According to Le Van Cang, the district’s police chief, Thanh arrived at the Kim Hung Gold Shop on his bicycle and attacked a married couple who owns the place with a hammer.

The robber grabbed some valuable items at the shop and returned to his home.

He still had bloodstains on his clothes and body at the time of the arrest.

The two victims, Do Van Hung, 62, and Nguyen Thi Lieu, 61, suffered multiple injuries to their heads and bodies and were brought to the Binh Dinh General Hospital for emergency treatment.

Doan Van Dong, an eyewitness, said he rushed to the place after hearing the victims’ scream for help.

Police officers investigate the scene of a robbery at a gold shop in central Quang Ngai Province on December 1, 2019. Photo: Tran Mai / Tuoi Tre

Police officers investigate the scene of a robbery at a gold shop in central Quang Ngai Province on December 1, 2019. Photo: Tran Mai / Tuoi Tre

Hung and Lieu were lying unconscious on the floor when he arrived, Dong said, adding that the robber threatened him with his hammer before taking off on his bicycle.

According to local authorities, Thanh was diagnosed with a mental illness and had been staying at a hospital before he was discharged two days prior to the robbery.

A similar robbery happened at a gold shop in the central province of Quang Ngai on Sunday evening, when a SEA Games football match between Vietnam and Indonesia were taking place in the Philippines.

The robber, who wore a big hat, a mask, and gloves, broke open a display cabinet with a hammer and took VND123 million (US$5,309) worth of gold jewelry before running away undetected by the shop owner.

Police found the hammer at the scene and are still hunting for the suspect.

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