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Ho Chi Minh City police arrest women for stealing in ‘backpacker area’

Thursday, June 11, 2020, 12:37 GMT+7
Ho Chi Minh City police arrest women for stealing in ‘backpacker area’
Three women are held at the police station in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City for allegedly stealing from people in the city’s ‘backpacker area’ in this photo supplied by officers.

Police in Ho Chi Minh City have arrested three women for stealing from people in the city’s ‘backpacker area.’

Officers in District 1 confirmed on Tuesday they had arrested Nguyen Thi Thanh Van, 22, To Thi Kim Loan, 21, and Pham Thi Hoa, 50, to assist in their investigation.

Van resides in Binh Thanh District, while Loan and Hoa both live in District 4.

According to preliminary information, the women targeted residents and visitors on Bui Vien Walking Street, located in the city’s ‘backpacker area,’ and had committed five thefts between late May and June 6.

Hoa had previously stolen from several victims on Bui Vien Street before teaming up with the other two suspects.

Police are finalizing their investigation and determining a suitable punishment for the three women.

Stealing property worth VND2-50 million (US$86-2,150) is punishable by six months to three years in prison in accordance with Vietnam’s Penal Code.

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