(L-R) Pham Van Quy, Le Chi Cuong, Le Minh Tuan (leader) and Nguyen Hoang Nhanh
Police in Ho Chi Minh City's District 9 on Thursday (January 10) arrested four men for allegedly stealing the motorbike of an off duty traffic police officer on January 4.
The gang's leader Le Minh Tuan, 28, Pham Van Quy, 24, Le Chi Cuong, 23 and Nguyen Hoang Nhanh, 23, all unemployed, were tracked down following the complaint filed by Second Lieutenant Nguyen Thai Son of District 2 Police.
The four have confessed to police that the gang went around 2 a.m. looking to commit robberies, after drinking with one another.
Seeing Lieutenant Son talking on his phone on the Hanoi Highway, they jumped the officer, beating him with their helmets. Son was on his way to his District 9 home after work.
When Son ran away, the gang took his motorbike, then changed the license plate and sold it to a man named Hai for VND29.5 million (US$1,416). The money was used in their gambling and drinking, they said.
Son said he bought his bike last year for VND135 million.
Police said they will investigate further, as they suspect the culprits of having committed several other robberies, though they all claimed robbing Son was their first crime, according to An Ninh Thu Do (the Capital's Security) newspaper.
Police are also searching for the Son's bike.
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