William Rafael Agular Villanueva (L),and Jose Marcelino Velasquez Aviles alleged to have conducted thefts in Hanoi hotels. Photo credit: CAND
The Hanoi police have arrested two Peruvian men suspected of stealing from foreigners in luxury hotels in the capital.
News website Cong An Nhan Dan (People’s Police) quoted the police as saying Wednesday that William Rafael Agular Villanueva, 43, and Jose Marcelino Velasquez Aviles, 63, were taken in after being caught on surveillance cameras entering the Sofitel Metropole hotel, looking suspicious.
They are believed to have stolen some belongings from Canadian Deborrah Shimizu, 63, including a tablet, a camera, money, and credit cards on January 8.
The police caught them red-handed the next day as they were attempting to sell the stolen stuff at a pawnshop.
The men confessed to stealing from the Canadian woman as well as others at several luxury hotels around the city.
The police quoted them as saying that they love traveling and so often blended in with other foreigners at big hotels and stole from them to fund their next trips.
In Hanoi the duo has been staying in two different motels several kilometers apart but contacted each other through phones and traveled together by taxi or hired motorbike.
Senior Lieutenant Colonel Ngo Van Dap said the police began investigating after some hotels lodged complaints saying their guests were being targeted by foreign thieves.
The investigation continues.