Three Iranians arrested for robbery in central Vietnam

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The three Iranians accused of robbing nearly VND30 million (US$1,428) at a petrol station in central province of Quang Nam on Thursday

Police in the central province of Thua Thien Hue on Friday sent three Iranians to the adjacent province of Quang Nam for investigating a robbery they allegedly committed the day before, the VnExpress reported.

According to the police, on Thursday, Lalia Mostafa, 24, together with 27-year-old Farhad Hosseininasbardi and 28-year-old Setoodeh Mohamad Shiraz stopped their car at a petrol station in Hoi An Town, Quang Nam to buy a can of motor oil.

Farhad then gave the station's staff a VND500,000 (US$23.8) note to get a VND200,000 ($9.52) note in change.

Since the staff didn't have the required change, he took the trio to meet the station's manager Tran Van Ban to get it, the newswire reported.

While Farhad distracted the staff by asking about motor oil cans, his accomplices grabbed a stack of VND200,000 notes that Ban had just taken out. The stack was worth nearly VND30 million ($1,428).

The group then escaped in the car, heading for Hanoi, the newswire said.

However, they were arrested by traffic officers on arrival at Thua Thien Hue, where police were informed of the robbery by Quang Nam's police division, VnExpress reported.

According to the suspects, they entered Vietnam in August and hired the car in Ho Chi Minh City at $90 per day to commit robberies.

Further investigations into the case are underway.

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