Police in the southeastern province of Dong Nai have recommended charges against two men for allegedly looting beer which fell off a truck on a highway last year.
Dinh Van Vinh, 47, and Tran Anh Cuong, 30, who drive modified three-wheelers, face charges of "misappropriating property," the police said.
On December 4 Ho Kim Hau, 30, was driving a truck from a Tiger Beer plant in Ho Chi Minh City through Bien Hoa city when, at a sharp turn near the Tam Hiep roundabout, 1,400 cases fell off the vehicle.
It traveled another 70 meters before Hau managed to stop.
Meanwhile, people in the vicinity rushed to grab the scattered beer. Hau pleaded with them in vain not to steal the beer.
He said a large 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 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 were posted on the Internet.
Investigators said Cuong brought his vehicle to the spot and, along with Vinh, loaded 11 cases on it and left.
Since the value of the beer they stole was around VND3 million ($142), they face criminal charges.
The police said they fined 12 other looters VND1.5 million each.
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