Three young men who engaged in local acts of piracy were arrested in the southern Vietnamese province of
Ba Ria-Vung Tau on Sunday.
Tran Thanh Nam and Le Hoang Linh, both 18, were arrested during a raid on June 21. Their accomplice Le Vu, 24, was caught later.
Police had noticed the men on a speedboat stealing from a barge on the Dinh River, but they jumped off and swam to a jungle near the shore.
A 12kg gas cylinder and 210 liters of oil that they stole from the barge as well as three machetes were seized from the speedboat.
Police said since early June, they had received dozens of complaints from fishermen and boat owners who said they had been robbed by a group of men using speedboats. The priates threatened them with machetes to get away when they were caught, the complaints said.
The three youths will be detained for at least three months pending further investigations.
Police are looking for another pirate they noticed during the raid, who has been identified only as Ba.
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