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5 baggage handlers at Hanoi airport arrested over theft allegations

5 baggage handlers at Hanoi airport arrested over theft allegations

Tuesday, September 12, 2023, 20:03 GMT+7
5 baggage handlers at Hanoi airport arrested over theft allegations
Four suspects at the police station. Photo: Supplied by Soc Son District Police

Police in Soc Son District, Hanoi detained five baggage handlers at Noi Bai International Airport for allegedly stealing belongings from passengers’ checked luggage, a leader of the district police told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Tuesday.

The five suspects are Pham Van Truong, 33, and Nguyen Minh Thao, 29, both residing in Long Bien District, Hanoi; Tran Van Thanh, 31, from north-central Nghe An Province; Pham Van Tuan, 27, and Nguyen Van Thinh, 29, both living in Soc Son District, Hanoi.

The preliminary investigation results showed that N.M.A., of German nationality, on August 23 reported to the police station at Noi Bai International Airport that she traveled on a flight from Hanoi to Cam Ranh City under Khanh Hoa Province in south-central Vietnam on August 22.

When she arrived at a hotel in Cam Ranh, she found that her red suitcase was unlocked and her white wireless headphones and cash totaling 500 euros (US$536.1) were lost.

The police station at Noi Bai International Airport later investigated the case to hunt the thieves.

Police officers found the suspects after half a day.

The five declared that on August 22, they worked on the same shift and were responsible for handling the checked luggage for passengers at the T1 domestic passenger terminal.

Before their shift, they discussed and agreed to steal items from suitcases that were easily unlocked.

At 12:10 pm the same day, they stole the items from inside A.’s suitcase.

Thinh kept the white wireless headphones for use. The five changed the 500 euros into Vietnamese banknotes and divided the amount.

They also admitted that they had conducted many thefts with similar schemes.

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Thanh Ha - Danh Trong / Tuoi Tre News


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