Police in Ho Chi Minh City have arrested a group of teenagers linked to more than 10 street robberies in Binh Thanh District over the last few weeks.
Nine boys, between 14 and 18, were caught last week. Police are seeking criminal charges against six of them while three minors will be sent to education centers.
The 17-year-old alleged ring leader confessed to masterminding at least six robberies in the district, apart from a few more that he participated in.
He said all the money earned by the gang was spent on drugs and video games.
Binh Thanh District police described the ring as "experienced" despite the young ages of its members.
“They thoroughly knew the district and could drive recklessly to escape the police," said Binh Thanh District's deputy police chief Le Minh Huy. “The members always wore masks to avoid being followed by investigators.”
The age of criminal responsibility in Vietnam is 14, but children under the age of majority, set at 16, can only be prosecuted on a case-by-case basis.