Police in Ho Chi Minh City have arrested a woman who was caught on CCTV telling her young nephew to steal money from a local coffee vendor last week.
Officers in District 3 confirmed on Thursday they had apprehended Chu Thuy An, 42, for theft.
According to preliminary information, An was caught in CCTV footage that went viral on social media on Monday.
In the video clip, An carried a child on her motorbike to a coffee shop in an alley on Le Van Sy Street in District 3, where she told the kid to steal money from the seller when she was not paying attention.
The coffee vendor – 57-year-old Tran Thi Tuyet Mai – told police that the incident took place at around 7:50 pm on September 23.
A woman arrived at the venue and gave Mai a VND20,000 banknote (US$0.86) to buy a glass of coffee.
Mai took out some money from a small bag to give her the change, before putting the bag away to make the drink.
The woman then said she needed to go elsewhere and would return later for the coffee, but she never came back.
Mai later noticed that her money bag was missing and told her son to check the CCTV, which recorded the entire incident.
The vendor said the bag contained about VND700,000 ($30) and multiple prepaid phone cards worth approximately VND1.6 million ($69).
Mai did not report the case until Monday. Police officers extracted the CCTV footage and were able to identify the license plate number of the woman’s motorbike.
|Chu Thuy An tells a young boy to steal money from a coffee seller in District 3, Ho Chi Minh City, September 23, 2020 in this screenshot taken from CCTV footage.|
On September 30, officers escorted Dung, the current owner of the motorcycle, to the police station to verify the case.
Dung claimed he had lent his vehicle to An on September 23, adding that An was staying at a hotel in Binh Tan District.
Police raided the hotel later the same day and found An and her nephew inside a room, along with a pack of crystal meth.
At the police station, the woman stated that the nine-year-old boy is the son of her younger sister-in-law, adding that she had adopted him after his mother left him when he was five months old.
An said she has been using meth for about a year.
Officers are expanding their investigation to charge An for illegally trading, storing, and using narcotics.