Police drop theft charges against teens

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Police in the central province of Nghe An Friday said they have dropped charges against three teenage boys who were arrested while attempting to steal a safe from an ATM booth the day before.

 

In an interview with VnExpress, Nguyen Xuan Lam, director of Nghe An's police said they did so because the boys are underaged, and it was their first offence done partly under the influence of films and other media.

 

Furthermore, their actions did not have any critical consequence in this case, Lam said.

 

Phung Bao Quoc, Pham Doan Hung, both 14, and Pham Duc Chinh, 15, instead, will face administrative penalties, he said without elaborating.

 

The ninth-graders will also be handed over to their school, families, and local authorities for re-education, the news website quoted Lam as saying.

 

The trio was arrested early Thursday morning as they attempted to rob an ATM booth of the Saigon Commercial Bank on Nguyen Sy Sach Street.

 

They told police that they'd planned the theft after reading news reports about a heist of VND1.3 billion (US$67,000) from an ATM booth in Ho Chi Minh City last month.

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