Motorbike robbery gang leader arrested in southern Vietnam

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Police in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province on Tuesday arrested the leader of a gang which police said has been stealing three to four motorbikes per day.

Ngo Hong Tung, 27, and his accomplice Dam Quang Truong, 26, were caught searching for robbery victims in Vung Tau City the night of January 20.

Police seized one stolen motorbike, several sets of keys, and tools they had used.

Tung and Truong are both being probed for "stealing others' property."

They have confessed to committing motorbike robberies in Vung Tau since mid-2012.

They stole dozens of bikes before being busted on Tuesday. Tung also admitted to having taken part in dozens of other regional robberies starting in 2008.

Truong said he had stolen and successfully sold more than 50 motorbikes since last August.

Many members of Tung's gang, who come from his hometown in Ha Tinh Province's Ky Anh District in north-central Vietnam, have also been arrested, the city police said, without specifying the number.

Different types of keys and tools Tung and Truong use in their robberies

After his 21-year-old accomplice, Nguyen Van Hanh, was caught last December, Tung fled to Ho Chi Minh City's District 9. Vung Tau police caught the gang members following Hanh's confession.

Tung and another accomplice, who was only identified as Hung, then returned to Vung Tau on January 6, stole one more motorbike and called Truong to help them hide it in their boarding house in District 9.

Hung remains at large.

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