Nguyen Van Hien is arrested in Ho Chi Minh City for breaking into the Notre Dame Cathedral. Photo credit: VnExpress
Police in Ho Chi Minh City have arrested a man who broke into the Notre Dame Cathedral and locked himself in for 12 hours in a failed attempt to steal churchgoers' donations.
Local authorities were first informed of the case at around 9 p.m. on Friday, when managers of the church found that the main door had been locked from the inside.
Police officers managed to get into the church after midnight and spent hours searching for a burglar.
At around 10 a.m. on Saturday, they found Nguyen Van Hien hiding in a pigeon cage on the roof.
An officer said he did not take anything.
Hien from northern Vietnam said he had recently quit his job as a kitchen assistant at a restaurant and he is now homeless.
The 32-year-old said he planned to steal the church’s donations and return to his hometown.
He found no money but managed to have some rest and wash his clothes inside the church.
He was just about to cook instant noodles when the police came in, so he decided to hide.