|Hoàn Kiếm District Police on Tuesday arrested a Malaysian man who allegedly rented shared rooms at hostels and stole the belongings of other guests. — VNA/VNS Photo Phương Hoa|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Police in Hà Nội’s Hoàn Kiếm District on Tuesday arrested a Malaysian man for his alleged involvement in burglaries in hostels in Hà Nội.
The suspect, Koh Yik Siang John, 29, admitted to police that he rented shared rooms at hostels in Hoàn Kiếm District, and then stole the belongings of the other guests.
On August 18, he rented a room at Old Quarter View Hanoi Hostel, No. 3 Nội Miếu Street. He saw a female tourist unlocking her box, and later stole her bag which contained personal documents and bank cards.
John used the tourist’s credit card to buy two mobile phones worth VNĐ41 million (US$1,800) and then sold the phones to a Vietnamese for VNĐ26.2 million.
Using similar methods, he stole the belongings of a Brazilian man while sharing a room in another hostel on Nhà Chung Street.
The police are investigated the case further. — VNS