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Gun-wielding motorbike thieves nabbed in Ho Chi Minh City

Monday, November 09, 2020, 19:17 GMT+7
Gun-wielding motorbike thieves nabbed in Ho Chi Minh City
Tran Van Phuoc, 30, and Dang Van Tho, 29, are held at the police station in Thu Duc District, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: A.X. / Tuoi Tre

Ho Chi Minh City police have arrested two motorbike thieves who fired their gun at officers during a pursuit last week.

A source close to Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper confirmed on Monday morning that police in Thu Duc District had captured Tran Van Phuoc, 30, and Dang Van Tho, 29, who both hail from north-central Nghe An Province, for theft.

On the night of November 4, Phuoc and Tho scouted the streets in Thu Duc District on a motorbike to look for their prey.

They targeted V.N.N., who parked his motorcycle in front of an ATM booth.

A pistol is confiscated by police officers in Thu Duc District, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: A.X. / Tuoi Tre

A pistol is confiscated by police officers in Thu Duc District, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: A.X. / Tuoi Tre

N. was withdrawing money when the two thieves approached.

Tho was in charge of breaking the lock and stealing the vehicle, while Phuoc kept watch.

As the victim’s motorbike alarm went off, the two quickly escaped.

A team of officers who were patrolling the area chased after the two men.

Tools and weapons are confiscated by police officers in Thu Duc District, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: A.X. / Tuoi Tre

Tools and weapons are confiscated by police officers in Thu Duc District, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: A.X. / Tuoi Tre

Phuoc and Tho resisted by firing three shots at the officers with their gun.

No one was hit by the bullets, and they were both apprehended later that night.

Police also confiscated one pistol, six bullets, a can of pepper spray, a slingshot, 16 marbles, and other tools used to break motorbike locks.

Both Phuoc and Tho were previously convicted of theft, according to the Tuoi Tre source.

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