Man jailed for stealing guns from museum in southern Vietnam

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A court in the Mekong Delta province of Soc Trang has sentenced a man to four and half years in prison for stealing and trading military weapons, including two guns from a local museum.

Phan Phuoc Bao, 20, was convicted of "stealing" and "illegally trading, keeping military weapons," online newspaper VTC News reported.

It quoted the verdict issued by the Soc Trang Province People's Court as saying that Nguyen Khac Thi, 28, who bought a gun from Bao, received a jail term of nine months. Thi was also charged with "illegally trading, keeping military weapons."

Nguyen Anh Thuan, 25, received the same sentence for the same charge.

According to the indictment, on July 22 in 2011, Bao broke into the Soc Trang Province Museum and stole a shotgun from a glass cabinet after opening it with an iron pole.

He then sold it to Thi for VND7 million (US$333.64).

About ten days later Bao stole a rifle from the same museum, and asked Thi to keep for him, the news report said.

In June last year, Bao stole a shotgun and seven bullets from Lieu Yen's house in Soc Trang Town.

He offered them to Thuan, but was refused. He later asked Thuan to keep three bullets.

Bao was not arrested until June 29 of last year.

Following information provided by Bao, Thuan was apprehended the next day, while Thi had already been convicted and was serving time for "stealing."

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