Police in Nha Trang City, Khanh Hoa Province, south-central Vietnam have arrested three suspects for robbing South Korean tourists earlier this week, sparking public concerns.
On February 24, police in Tan Lap Ward, Nha Trang City received a report by Jeon Sohyun, a 27-year-old South Korean traveler who was robbed by two men riding a blue scooter on Ngo Thoi Nhiem Street in the ward.
The two men snatched her bag with two iPhones, VND2 million (US$84.3), and over $200 inside.
Police in Nha Trang City on Tuesday continued receiving reports that two men riding a blue scooter tried to snatch a bag from another South Korean visitor at 1:00 pm on the same day but they failed to take the bag.
The visitor did not report the case to police officers but a video of it was uploaded to social media.
Police officers later found that the two men involved in the two cases were the same.
They were detained on Tuesday evening while riding an AirBlade-branded scooter with the number plate 79H1-996.52 on Cao Ba Quat Street in Nha Trang.
They are Nguyen Dinh Quang, 44, residing in Phuoc Tan Ward, and Phan Thanh Quang, a 49-year-old resident of Van Thang Ward.
Thanh Quang has two previous convictions for robbery.
The two admitted to committing the two robbery cases, adding that they had another accomplice named Truong Van Phuoc, 48, who was hiding himself in Phuoc Dong Commune, Nha Trang City.
Phuoc was apprehended soon later.
The trio said that Phuoc and Thanh Quang had no stable jobs and accommodations, so Dinh Quang rented a room in Phuoc Dong Commune for them.
Thanh Quang and Phuoc directly committed robbery cases.
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