Police in Tien Giang Province in southern Vietnam are looking for a group of white men who allegedly robbed several local vendors by distracting them by pretending to shop.
The police have received complaints from a number of the victims, including one last week when four foreigners drove a car up to a vegetable shop.
One stepped out of the car and beckoned one of the two vendors out. While they were talking, another approached the other vendor and asked for prices.
A third man then rushed in and grabbed a bunch of notes the vendors had left on a table, and all ran back to the car.
The vendors tried to stop them but were outnumbered and suffered some injuries.
According to the vendors, they lost VND34 million (US$1,524).
In another incident, the foreigners gave a large bill for a small purchase, and while the vendor went out to get change, they stole money from the store and fled.
The police said the gang is well organized. The members’ nationalities are not known yet.
A number of Pakistanis and Iranians were arrested in Da Nang, Ho Chi Minh City and Dong Nai Province late last year for similar robberies. Many pretended to exchange money to confuse and steal from vendors.