Police in Ho Chi Minh City arrested a man suspected of stealing a large amount of gold jewelry equal to over 100 taels of gold worth US$190,000 from a local gold shop on Sunday.
The alleged thief, Pham Van Nu, 37, hailing from Dong Thap Province, was detained while hiding in Binh Duong Province, which borders the city, local police reported on Tuesday.
Earlier on Sunday morning, M.T.P.D., the owner of the Kim Thinh gold shop in District 12, reported to local police that a thief had stolen gold jewelry equivalent to 113 taels of gold (a tael = 1.33 ounces) valued at VND4.5 billion ($192,000) from her shop.
The district police coordinated with their colleagues from the city level to immediately launch an investigation into the case.
|This photo shows some of the gold items recovered from Pham Van Nu, who allegedly committed a theft at Kim Thinh gold shop in District 12, Ho Chi Minh City, January 29, 2023. Photo: Supplied|
After examining the scene and watching the relevant cameras, investigators determined that the thief climbed up the utility pole next to the shop and entered through the balcony on the first floor of the facility on the early morning of that same day.
He then went down to the ground floor to steal the gold and escaped at 3:20 am by taking the same route through which he entered.
A search for the suspect was deployed and a joint police force of Ho Chi Minh City and Binh Duong Province detained Nu at 8:00 pm on Monday while he was hiding in the province.
Nu admitted to the theft and police officers recovered the gold items he had stolen from the shop.
The man confessed he committed another theft of gold in Binh Duong’s Thuan An City in November 2021, when he broke in a gold shop on Phan Dinh Giot Street and stole a lot of gold jewelry, which he sold later for about VND780 million ($33,300).
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