Police in Ho Chi Minh City on Wednesday caught a man dropping sharp and pointy metal pieces on a highway to puncture vehicles’ tires to be able to sell new tires at high prices.
Nghiem Van Long, 41, was driving his motorbike and placing the traps along National Highway 1A in Thu Duc District when some locals saw him and called police, local media reported.
Long said he cut steel sheets into the rhombus traps himself to draw more customers to his tire repair shop.
Police found he charged each new tire VND75,000-120,000 (US$3.5-5.5), compared to the normal prices of VND55,000-65,000.
Road traps are a common trick done by tire repair shops across Vietnam.
Officials said it poses high risks for road users.
Vietnam has sent several road trap setters to jail, but most of the violators only had to pay a cash fine of around US$100-300.