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Bank robber arrested after buying motorbike with stolen money

Update: January, 10/2022 - 13:48

HẢI PHÒNG —  A suspected bank robber has been arrested days after posting photographs of himself on Facebook posing with a US$32,000 motorbike he purchased a day after the robbery.

Nguyễn Văn Nam was also filmed buying and test driving the motorcycle at a dealership in Hà Nội.

He then posted a photograph of himself on the bike with the message: “Just follow your passion, success will follow you.”

When arrested by police in Thái Nguyên Province, officers found two handguns, VNĐ800 million in cash, the motorbike and an iPhone 13.

Nam, 23, is suspected of robbing a Vietcombank branch in Hải An, Hải Phòng on 3:20pm Friday.

The armed thief was caught on security cameras demanding the teller give him VNĐ3 billion ($132,204). The robber then stole a security guard's motorbike as a getaway vehicle.

It is alleged Nam then met with his girlfriend and gave her VNĐ50 million ($2,204), and buried some of the stolen money under a peach tree near his home in Cát Hải, Hải Phòng.

Nguyễn Văn Nam after being arrested by police. — VNA/VNS Photo 

After that, he went to a motel in Vĩnh Phúc for a rest, and left for Hà Nội on Saturday morning, where he bought a brand new motorbike costing VNĐ729 million ($32,135). The video of him purchasing the motorbike was shared on the dealership's TikTok page and currently has more than 500,000 views.

Nam was later arrested at a hotel on Sunday in Thái Nguyên.

In his statement, Nam, a former tattooist, said that he was poor and jobless, and had long had the idea to buy a gun and rob a bank. He was sent to a reform school when he was 13 years old for petty theft. — VNS