Russian man arrested for stealing phone at Ho Chi Minh City restaurant

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Petrov Vadim, 32, at the police station. Photo credit: Quoc Thang/VnExpress Petrov Vadim, 32, at the police station. Photo credit: Quoc Thang/VnExpress

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Ho Chi Minh City police have arrested a Russian man accused of stealing an iPhone from a restaurant manager last week. 
Initial investigation found Petrov Vadim, 32, moved from the central city of Phan Thiet to HCMC on April 6. He rented a room on Bui Vien Street in the popular backpacker neighborhood.
The following day he reportedly went to a restaurant on the nearby Nguyen Thai Hoc Street for lunch.
The restaurant manager Lam Huynh Thuy Tien left an iPhone 6 charging at her counter and went away. Vadim allegedly stole the phone and left.
Tien checked security footage and decided to go around the neighborhood to find the suspect.
She saw Vadim walking on Bui Vien Street at around 6:30 p.m. the same day and asked local residents and police to help arrest him.
At the police station, Vadim first rejected the accusation but he later admitted to the theft after police showed him the video.
The Russian man said he worked as a teacher in Mui Ne, the resort town often known as "Little Moscow." He caught a bus to HCMC to avoid paying debt.
Police are investigating the case.

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