Police in Ca Mau Province, southern Vietnam have busted a ring of gold thieves, detaining five men who stole gold jewelry worth some VND10 billion (US$417,360) from a gold shop in Tran Van Thoi District in the province four months ago.
A police officer from the provincial Department of Public Security said on Thursday night that the thieves were identified as fishermen.
At 11:00 pm on May 20, the group of men, including Le Van Chau, Le Van Lo, Le Minh Hoang, Le Chi Linh and Pham Van Gioi, aged between 33 and 48, broke into Minh Duc Gold Shop in Khanh Hai Commune in the district, and stole cash and gold jewelry.
Through footage from the security cameras installed at the shop, the police identified the robbers as locals.
During the investigation process, police found that Le Van Chau had tried to sell a large amount of gold at a gold shop in Song Doc Town in the district last Thursday.
He was later directed to a police station for questioning.
Chau admitted to the police that he stole gold jewelry from Minh Duc Gold Shop. He also named his accomplices in the robbery.
Six kilograms of gold items and cash were confiscated after the investigation.