A court in the Central Highlands province of Kon Tum sent four thieves to prison last week for stealing over a hundred thousand dollars worth of property from a senior official last year.
Nguyen Manh Quan, 24, and Le Dinh Dat, 22, received 21 and 15 years, respectively.
Nguyen Quoc Nam, 22, got 16 years and eight months while Nguyen Ngoc Thuan, 22, received 12 years.
According to the indictment, at midnight on January 1, 2013, Quan, Dat and Thuan broke into the house of Dang Xuan Tho, director of Kon Tum's Finance Department, in Gia Lai's Pleiku Town.
The thieves made off with more than 2.3 kilograms of gold, jewelry, a laptop, a gaur horn and a stun gun worth around VND2.8 billion (around US$143,000), the indictment said.
Vietnam's annual income per capita is around $1,300.
Tho's wife, Tran Thi Xuan Lan, who is also a senior official at the Gia Lai Tax Department, initially told the local police that the thieves had stolen 150 grams of gold from the house.
After the thieves were arrested, four months later, it turned out they had taken far more than that.
The crime prompted the provincial Party unit to check Tho's yearly declaration of income and assets in order to determine the origin of the stolen property.
The Party Unit has yet to announce the results of its investigation.