After 16 years, stolen scooter returns to Hanoi owner

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Dinh Thi Minh Phuong's husband stands next to the scooter, which was stolen in 2000 and returned to its owner on July 13, 2016. Photo credit: Hoang Lam/Zing News Dinh Thi Minh Phuong's husband stands next to the scooter, which was stolen in 2000 and returned to its owner on July 13, 2016. Photo credit: Hoang Lam/Zing News

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Dinh Thi Minh Phuong of Hanoi's Ba Dinh District has almost forgotten about an expensive scooter that was stolen from her in 2000.
Phuong said one day she parked the US$4,000 Honda Spacy in front of her home on Kim Ma Street. A few minutes later it was gone. She had it for six months.
On July 13, police pulled over Nguyen Van Chien, a 38-year-old man from Hung Yen, and seized his scooter. They suspected its license plate was fake.
Subsequent verification found the vehicle belongs to Phuong. Chien said a relative gave the scooter to his wife as a gift and that he did not know it was stolen property.
On Wednesday, local police returned the scooter to Phuong.
Her husband, Hoang Anh, said he never expected to see the scooter again.
“My wife reported the case when it happened but we never thought we would find it.”
“Although it's old now, we are very happy to have it back,” he said.

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