HCMC police track down robbers thanks to video clips

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Ho Chi Minh City police say they are tracking down two robbers and have arrested another whose larceny was twice captured on camera and posted on the Internet recently, attracting much public attention.

In the first case, on September 26, a video clip posted on YouTube showed two young men on a Yamaha Exciter snatching a bag from a young woman driving a motorbike on Nguyen Huu Canh Street near the Saigon Bridge.

The person who posted the clip said that he was driving a car in front of the robbers and the woman and that his car's camera accidentally captured the scene.

The incident happened at around 3:25 p.m. on September 25, and the two robbers had caused the woman to fall from her bike and collapse on the street, nearly being struck by the car.

The robbers fled the scene after successfully grabbing the bag.

The clip was viewed widely online, prompting local police to investigate.

Based on the information about the robbers' motorbike and its license plate, police identified the robbers as Le Minh Pha and Diep Tan Dung, both 19, of HCMC.

Several days ago, police successfully tracked down Pha and were informed that he would appear and meet a relative at a site in Thu Duc District. When Pha drove a motorbike to the site, police officers rushed to nab him. Pha jumped out of the bike and ran into a bush and escaped.

Police said Pha already has one robbery conviction on record.

Previously, on July 28, a young man drove a motorbike in an alley on Le Van Sy Street, District 3, and saw a group of people who were attending a wedding ceremony walking in a line into the alley.

The man approached the line and suddenly grabbed a gold chain from the neck of V.T.B.H., a 54-year-old woman who was walking at the end of the line.

He sped up and fled the scene immediately.

All his acts were inadvertently captured by the camera of the man who was hired to take photos of and film the wedding rituals.

Based on the clip, police identified and early this month arrested Nguyen Huy Hoang, 19, of HCMC who robbed the gold chain from the woman.

Hoang told police he sold the chain for VND11 million shortly after committing the crime.

He also confessed to having committed four robberies in districts 3 and 10.

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