|Tools used by the thieves to break into gold shops in the Mekong Delta area. — Photo courtesy of the local police|Viet Nam News
CẦN THƠ — The police in Cần Thơ City on Sunday proposed that the city’s People’s Procuracy prosecute seven thieves that robbed gold worth VNĐ10 billion (US$442,000) in the Mekong Delta area.
Four defendants – Lý Văn Đợi (53), Nguyễn Văn Điệp (45), Nguyễn Minh Thắng (54) and Phùng Thanh Tâm (43) – are based in HCM City. Three others – Nguyễn Văn Dân (43), Lê Văn Mười (40) and his brother Lê Văn Dũng (51) – are based in Vĩnh Long Province.
The gang robbed 35 gold shops in the provinces of Hậu Giang, Sóc Trăng, Kiên Giang and Bến Tre and 10 others in Cần Thơ and Tiền Giang since the beginning of 2015.
On the night of July 30 last year, the police in Cần Thơ and Sóc Trăng provinces caught Lý Văn Đợi and Nguyễn Minh Thắng red-handed while breaking into a gold shop in Sóc Trăng Province’s Mỹ Xuyên District. Some 263g of gold and the tools used to break in were confiscated.
The rest of the gang was seized shortly afterwards following Lý Văn Đợi’s testimony.
Their targets were gold shops located by the riverside in town. After approaching the shops on a small boat, the gang disabled the security camera systems and broke into the shops using pliers while wearing masks and gloves.
The stolen gold was taken back to HCM City and kept for personal use. — VNS