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Motorbike theft ring busted in Ho Chi Minh City

Motorbike theft ring busted in Ho Chi Minh City

Tuesday, October 06, 2020, 15:51 GMT+7
Motorbike theft ring busted in Ho Chi Minh City
From left: Nguyen Hoai Tam, Nguyen Minh Hoa, Tran Van Hong, and Do Thanh Binh are held at the police station in District 3, Ho Chi Minh City in this photo supplied by officers.

Police in Ho Chi Minh City on Monday arrested four men aged from 34 to 65 for stealing a large number of motorbikes and selling them in the southern province of Long An.

Officers in District 3 confirmed on Monday they had cracked the interprovincial motorbike theft ring and apprehended four suspects, namely Do Thanh Binh, 65, Tran Van Hong, 56, Nguyen Hoai Tam, 43, and Nguyen Minh Hoa, 34.

Binh previously committed theft five times, while Hong was convicted of the same offense six times.

The two men also committed several other violations and are both drug addicts.

Preliminary investigation showed that Binh and Hong traveled on a motorbike to scout along local streets.

After finding a potential motorbike, Hong would steal the vehicle while Binh kept watch. The money they got from selling the stolen property would be divided in half.

At around 1:40 pm on September 29, the two men stole a motorbike on Tran Quoc Toan Street in District 3 and arranged a meeting with Tam in District 6 to sell the vehicle.

Officers confiscate multiple motorbikes after breaking up the theft ring in Ho Chi Minh City in this supplied photo.

Officers confiscate multiple motorbikes after breaking up a theft ring in Ho Chi Minh City in this supplied photo.

After buying the stolen motorcycle at VND3 million (US$130), Tam took it to his home in Long An Province to repair and upgrade, before selling the vehicle to Hoa at VND8 million ($345).

Hoa was aware that the motorbike was a stolen asset as there were no license plate and registration certificate.

Police officers captured Hong later the same day and arrested Binh on October 2.

Following the statements of Hong and Binh, officers continued apprehending Hoa and Tam on October 3.

Police searched Hoa and Tam’s houses and found 18 motorbikes, many of which do not have license plates and legal documents.

The two claimed they had been buying stolen motorcycles from Hong and Binh.

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