Robber snatches necklace from pedestrian on Saigon's new walking street

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Crowds on Nguyen Hue walking street in Ho Chi Minh City downtown. Photo credit: Dan Tri Crowds on Nguyen Hue walking street in Ho Chi Minh City downtown. Photo credit: Dan Tri

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A woman in Ho Chi Minh City has reported having her gold necklace snatched on Nguyen Hue Street on Friday night, two days after the city opened the pedestrian-only street to the public.
According to media reports, the woman was strolling through the street with her family at around 8:30 p.m. when a woman ran in and forcefully grabbed the necklace.
Some people rushed over asking if she’s alright and then disappeared, which prompted her to suspect that they were the robber's accomplices who tried to stop her from screaming and chasing after their gang member.

Security cameras on Nguyen Hue Street. Photo credit: Dan Tri
The victim said her necklace was worth early VND20 million, less than US$1,000.
Ho Chi Minh City opened the $20-million walking street on Wednesday, featuring light and water fountain shows and aiming to become a new tourist spot every weekend and holiday night.
It has installed surveillance cameras along the street, but that does not seem to scare off robbers. It is unclear if there is footage of the reported robbery. 

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