Burglary gang jailed for a combined 182 years in southern Vietnam

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Tran Thi Dieu Hien, 25, at a court in Soc Trang province on Monday. Photo credit: Tuoi Tre Tran Thi Dieu Hien, 25, at a court in Soc Trang province on Monday. Photo credit: Tuoi Tre

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A court in southern Vietnam on Monday sentenced the female leader of a gang to 18 years in prison for orchestrating 58 burglaries within five years.
The other 19 accomplices of Tran Thi Dieu Hien received jail terms of between one to 17 years, the court in Soc Trang Province said.
The combined jail sentence for the gang is 182 years. 
According to the indictment, Hien began her role as the leader of the gang in 2008, when she was 18 years old.
The gang, including her husband and some of her close friends, has broken into 58 houses in the province between 2008 and 2013, stealing valuable properties worth more than VND4 billion, or around US$200,000.
Most of the cases took place in broad daylight, authorities said.
The ringleader has already been sentenced to ten years in jail in another court earlier this year for her role in another gang, which had broken into 30 houses. 

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