Major bike theft gang busted in Vietnam

By Thanh Phong, Thanh Nien News

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Some motorbikes stolen by the gang led by Nguyen Van Ky (small photo). Photo: Thanh Phong 

Police in the Mekong Delta province of Bac Lieu said they busted a gang that stole more than 3,500 motorbikes in 18 cities and provinces across Vietnam and sold the bikes to Cambodia. 
Colonel Duong Tu Phuong, a senior official of Bac Lieu Police Department, said Sunday that Nguyen Van Ky, the 36-year-old alleged gang leader, was arrested earlier this year in Bac Lieu while he was being wanted by police of Ho Chi Minh City, Vinh Long, Dong Thap and Kien Giang provinces on theft charge. 
Following Ky’s arrest, the police tracked down other gang members. 
So far they have arrested 39 suspects involved in 316 motorbike thieves and robberies. 
Ky and his subordinates told police the gang had stolen more than 3,500 motorbikes, mostly expensive ones, in 18 cities and provinces stretching from Nam Dinh in the north to Ca Mau in the south. 
They hid the bikes in filling stations along National Highway 1A and sent them on buses to Tinh Bien Border Gate in An Giang Province bordering Cambodia. 
The bikes were then sold to Cambodia. 
Police found more than VND7 billion (US$327,320) in Ky’s bank account after he was arrested. He said the money was from his customers. 
Ky told police he could not remember the exact number of thieves that the gang had committed. 
During the time he was at large after being wanted by Ho Chi Minh City, Vinh Long, Dong Thap and Kien Giang police, Ky and other accomplices came to Bac Lieu and hired apartments to stay and discussed plans to steal motorbikes. 
Between 2013 and March this year, they stole hundreds of bike in the province before being arrested.

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