Authorities in the southern province of Binh Duong said they have suspended a police officer for allegedly letting a motorcycle thief walk free and later bizarrely bargaining with the victim of the theft on behalf of the thief.
Nguyen Tien Dat, an officer in Di An town, was suspended Friday after a woman complained that he had contacted her several times to “negotiate compensation for the loss of her motorbike” and ask for a “mediating fee”.
Le Thi Le, 26, had reported in July to Dat, an officer in charge of her residential area, that someone had broken into her house and stole the motorbike, a mobile phone, some personal papers, and VND3 million (US$133) in cash.
She also posted about it on social network, and a stranger messaged her in August to say he knew about her vehicle and asked her to meet him.
She tipped off the police, who seized the man when he met her.
But at the police station, Dat intervened and told the officers who had caught him, “This man is my jurisdiction, I know him, just let him go.”
The suspect walked out without even a report being written about the incident.
A month later Dat invited Le to a cafe, where he promised to pay compensation for her stolen bike, saying he was “representing the thief”.
But he offered a far lower amount that the bike’s value and Le rejected it.
Dat then summoned Le several times to renegotiate, offering a better price but asking for a “bonus” for mediating.
On September 7 Le complained to Dat’s superiors, following which he was suspended pending an investigation into the accusation.
The police later arrested the burglar and returned the stolen motorbike to Le.