Thieves break in banks, jewelry shops at major Ho Chi Minh City mall

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A shop of Saigon Jewelry Company at Maximark supermarket in Ho Chi Minh City where thieves infiltrated into early on October 15, 2014. Photo credit: Tuoi Tre A shop of Saigon Jewelry Company at Maximark supermarket in Ho Chi Minh City where thieves infiltrated into early on October 15, 2014. Photo credit: Tuoi Tre

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Thieves snuck into jewelry shops and bank offices located inside Maximark, a Ho Chi Minh City-based major shopping mall, early Wednesday morning, but they failed to burglarize much cash, according to the police.
Police finished examining Maximark outlet on Cong Hoa Street, Tan Binh District at 3 p.m. Wednesday, a source told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper.
Surveillance cameras showed a group of seven thieves infiltrated into the mall at around 3 a.m. with hammers, iron cutters and welding devices.
The safe and glass boxes containing gold and silver jewelries at the SJC Minh Khai, an affiliate of Saigon Jewelry Company, were broken.
Nguyen Ngoc Hung, director of SJC Minh Khai, said they lost almost all jewelries and cash in the safe.
Hung refused to give an estimation, saying he is still working with the police.
An employee from the shop of Phu Nhuan Jewelry Company said the thieves had also tried to open the safe containing their silver but to no avail.
The thieves too snuck into several bank offices including the Asia Commercial Bank (ACB).
But Nguyen Thanh Toai, deputy general director of ACB, confirmed there was no material loss as they clear cash from any offices at the end of the business day.
Toai said staffs will only have to take time to tidy up papers the thieves had messed up.
Nguyen Phuong Thao, manager of the supermarket outlet, said she is cooperating with the police in the investigation.
Thao said the supermarket staffs have always paid attention to the security during and after opening hours.
“This is regretful,” she was quoted by Tuoi Tre as saying.
She said her supermarket itself did not lose any money as their safes were firmly made and hard to break or be taken away.
Police are investigating and refused to provide further details.


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