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Vietnam police nab two street robbers who targeted foreigners

Police in UNESCO-recognized Hoi An Ancient Town, in the central province of Quang Nam province, on Thursday said they had arrested two young street robbers who targeted foreigners.

Police in UNESCO-recognized Hoi An Ancient Town, in the central province of Quang Nam province, on Thursday said they had arrested two young street robbers who targeted foreigners.
Police in UNESCO-recognized Hoi An Ancient Town, in the central province of Quang Nam province, on Thursday said they had arrested two young street robbers who targeted foreigners.

Tran Quoc Tu, 16, and Pham Van Da, 22, both from the city’s Cua Dai Ward, were detained on Wednesday afternoon after robbing foreign tourists, said  Colonel Le Ngoc Luu, chief of police of Hoi An.

The street robbers have been charged with “plundering property” pursuant to Article 133 of the Penal Code, the official said.

After being questioned, the detainees confessed that they had committed seven robberies against foreign travelers in Hoi An.

They said they often followed people who were alone late at night and used force to rob them.

They also admitted to stealing an electric bicycle.

Police seized from the young men three motorbikes, a camera, a cell phone and an electric bicycle.

Several similar street robberies had occurred in the city, police said.

On October 15, the city arrested Dinh Cong Duc, 21, from Cam An Ward, for snatching a bag from a 64-year-old Japanese national, Fumio Omori.

Duc told police that he had stolen from many other foreigners.

Duc, a drug addict, said he had used the money earned from selling the stolen goods to buy drugs.