'Stranger' returns iPhone, iPad stolen from Spanish tourists in Vietnam

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David Alvares and his family pose in a picture in Vietnam. Photo provided by Ly Na David Alvares and his family pose in a picture in Vietnam. Photo provided by Ly Na


An iPhone and an iPad stolen from a Spanish tourist family during a travel bus trip in Vietnam late last month have been returned to police by the bus service company.
The theft made headlines in Vietnam after a Vietnamese friend of the Spanish tourists, in a Facebook post last week, accused the company of not helping them find the devices.
Nam Phuong Travel Company claimed that a certain anonymous person had sent the devices from Nha Trang to the company office in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.
The company brought the devices to local police, who said they would ask the municipal Department of Foreign Affairs to contact the Spanish tourists about the found items.
They will also contact the Spain Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City to return them to the tourists, who had left Vietnam after the incident.
“In case the family will be in Vietnam, we will return them directly,” a police official said.
Meanwhile, investigation is going on, the police said.
According to Tran Thi Ly Na, the tourists' friend in Vietnam, the incident happened when David Alvares, his wife Marta Vizcaino and their two children, were riding the non-stop night bus from Nha Trang to Ho Chi Minh City on July 21.
David was holding an iPad and an iPhone when he fell asleep. When he woke up at around 3 a.m. on July 22, he found that the devices had been stolen.
The driver and other passengers allowed them to check the bus and baggage but found nothing.
After arriving in HCMC, at 4 p.m. on July 22, David used the Find My iPhone app and could track their stolen iPad to the very bus in which they lost the devices.
As soon as they reached the bus, David could no longer track his iPad, according to Ly Na.
The driver was the only one in the bus at the time, but he maintained that the devices were not in the bus, according to Ly Na.
She said when they went to Nam Phuong's office on Pham Ngu Lao Street in HCMC's District 1 to ask for help, the staff there denied responsibility.
A representative promised to reply to Ly Na in two days, but failed to do so until she posted the story on her Facebook page on July 29.
The company said it had requested the police to investigate the incident, and asked Ly Na to delete her previous posts, threatening her with a defamation suit.

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