Thieves extract $143K in property from Vietnamese official's house

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Authorities in the Central Highlands province of Kon Tum are investigating the origin of property stolen from the house of a senior official that is worth hundreds of thousands of dollars .


Last week, police in Gia Lai Province arrested four thieves who confessed to breaking into the house of Dang Xuan Tho, director of Kon Tum's Finance Department, in Gia Lai's Pleiku Town late last year.


The thieves said they had taken more than 2.3 kilograms of gold, jewelry, a laptop, a gaur horn and a stun gun worth a total VND3 billion (US$143,300).

Vietnam's annual income per capita is around $1,300.


Tho's wife, Tran Thi Xuan Lan, who is also a senior official at Gia Lai Tax Department, initially reported to local police that the thieves had stolen 150 grams of gold from the house.


However, after the thieves were arrested, it turned out they had taken far more than that.


Nguyen Van Hoa, chief of Kon Tum Party Committee's Inspection Committee, told Thanh Nien that authorities are checking Tho's yearly declaration of income and assets in order to track down the origin of the stolen property.

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