Ho Chi Minh City police Monday arrested nine men said to be part of a stolen motorbike-trading ring that operated not only in the city but also in the neighboring provinces of Dong Nai and Ba Ria Vung Tau.
Twenty-year-old Ngo Long Chau admitted to the police that he received orders from people wanting to buy stolen scooters.
The resident of Tan Phu District, then contacted "stolen motorbike wholesalers": Huy, An, and Long.
Later, the trio called "professional" scooter-stealing groups in Ho Chi Minh City, Dong Nai and Ba Ria Vung Tau provinces asking them to rob vehicles that matched the orders.
After getting the stolen vehicles, the three men met Chau at some coffee shop in HCMC's Thu Duc District and handed them over.
Chau was also "in charge of" getting the personal details of customers buying the stolen vehicles and sending it to An who then made counterfeit motorbike registration papers and number plates.
Chau said he had sold 30 stolen scooters under the brands of PS, SH, Dylan, and Air Blade since February this year.
A police raid of the detainees' houses netted 13 other stolen motorbikes.
While Chau, Huy, and another seven men have been taken into custody, An and Long are at large, and being sought by the police.