Police in the southern province of Dong Nai Wednesday arrested two rickshaw drivers for allegedly looting beer after more than 1,300 cases fell off a truck in their neighborhood last month.
Dinh Van Vinh, 47, and Tran Anh Cuong, 30, face charges of "misappropriating properties," police said.
On December 4 Ho Kim Hau, 30, was driving the truck from a Tiger Beer plant in Ho Chi Minh City to Binh Thuan Province.
At a sharp turn near the Tam Hiep roundabout in Bien Hoa city, the capital of Dong Nai, a large number of cases fell off.
The truck traveled another 70 meters until Hau was able to stop it.
People at the site rushed to grab the beer cases and cans scattered on the ground. Hau pleaded with them not to steal the beer but to no avail.
He said a huge number of people took part in the looting.
Some local residents who witnessed the looting called the police, who showed up 30 minutes later.
But by the time they arrived at the scene the looters had left.
They said the stolen beer was worth an estimated VND250 million (US$11,856).
The crime sparked off public criticism after video clips and photos of the looting went viral on the Internet.
Investigators said Cuong parked his vehicle near the site of the accident and, along with Vinh, loaded 11 cartons on it before leaving.
The value of the beer they stole was more than VND3 million ($142), so they face criminal charges under the law.
The police said they have summoned more than 20 people for questioning, and 10 of them confessed to stealing the beer.
The investigation is continuing.
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