Police deputy found with illegal timber; electricians steal wires

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More than 25 cubic meters of undocumented timber was found at a warehouse owned by a deputy police chief in the central province of Quang Nam, the province said Friday.

The wood, including bassia, was found by officials from Phuoc Son District Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and district forest rangers at a warehouse managed by Tran Thi Minh Hieu, wife of the district police officer.

Hieu said she had bought parts of the timber from businesses collecting wood leftovers from the site of a hydropower plant construction project. The rest came from minority group families who were given wood by the government to build houses.

The name of the police officer, her husband, was not released.

Also on Friday, police in Nhon Trach District, Dong Nai Province neighboring Ho Chi Minh City caught Dai Huu Nguyen, 21, and Tran Viet Thanh, 27, cutting electric wires.

The workers of the private electric equipment company Dai Phuc Thien had been sent to install wiring at another company in the same Nhon Trach District. The job was done and the pair had decided to steal extra wires in their free time, investigators said.

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