Looters probed for taking beer from truck in southern Vietnam

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Looters take beer after more than 1,300 beer cartons spilled from a truck near Tam Hiep Roundabout in Bien Hoa City, Dong Nai Province, on December 4

Police in the southeastern province of Dong Nai have summoned 10 people suspected of taking part in looting after more than 1,300 beer cartons dropped from a truck in the street early this month.

The 10 people returned 14 beer cartons they looted, police said.

On December 4, Ho Kim Hau, 30, was driving the truck carrying 1,350 beer cartons from a Tiger Beer plant in Ho Chi Minh City to Binh Thuan Province.

When the truck was near the Tam Hiep Roundabout in Bien Hoa City, the capital of Dong Nai, its brakes failed to work.

At a sharp turn, a huge number of beer cartons dropped from the truck.

The truck traveled another 70 meters until Hau was able to stop it.

People at the site rushed to take the beer cartons and cans scattered on the ground. Hau jumped out of the truck and tried to prevent them from taking the beer to no avail.

He said a huge crowd joined the looting despite his demands that they leave the beer alone.

Some nearby residents who witnessed the looting called local police, who showed up 30 minutes later.

By the time police arrived at the scene, the looters had left.

Hau said a total 1,048 beer cartons worth more than VND300 million (US$15,000) had been both looted and broken.

The case has sparked public criticism after video clips and photos of the looting taken by eyewitnesses were posted on the internet.

Bien Hoa police then tracked down 10 looters thanks to the clips.

Police said the looters would face criminal charges.

They are still searching for other looters.

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