Police in central Vietnam Thursday arrested three teenage boys as they were attempting to steal a safe from an ATM booth, local news website VnExpress reported.
Phung Bao Quoc, Pham Doan Hung, both 14, and Pham Duc Chinh, 15, told police of Nghe An Province that they planned the theft after reading news reports about a heist of VND1.3 billion (US$67,000) from an ATM kiosk in Ho Chi Minh City last month.
The ninth-graders then went around Vinh town to learn about the activities of ATM's security guards, according to the news source.
Quoc gave Hung more than VND1 million to buy necessary tools, including a wielding machine and a gas cylinder, police said.
Early Thursday morning, the trio attacked the ATM booth of the Saigon Commercial Bank on Nguyen Sy Sach Street.
However, while they were trying to cut the machine, six police officers stopped them, VnExpress reported.
In little more than a month, two ATMs in HCMC were attacked and a total of over VND2 billion were stolen, prompting commercial banks to apply additional safety measures to protect their machines.