A pair of stickup men who stole between 20 and 30 ounces of jewelry during a 13-second gold shop heist in June were sent off to jail on Wednesday morning in Binh Duong Province.
On August 6, the Di An municipal court sentenced Nguyen Thanh Sang, 29, to nine years and his 27-year old accomplice Vuong Quoc Thanh to eight years and six months in prison.
Thanh’s wife Tran Thi Thu Thao got 2 years for assisting them in attempting to fence the stolen goods.
An indictment described Nguyen Thanh Sang and Vuong Quoc Thanh as drug addicts who planned to rob a series of gold shops to fuel their habit.
On June 18 they set out with an ax and a novelty cigarette lighter shaped like a handgun in search of a victim.
The pair settled on the Kim Nguyet Gold Shop because it only had one guard and a shopkeeper inside.
While Sang pointed the fake gun at the customers inside, Thanh smashed a display case and grabbed the jewelry--mainly gold rings. The duo then fled the scene on their motorbike.
Two days after the robbery, a salesman at another gold shop in the town secretly summoned local police to his shop after three suspicious customers tried to sell him 24 gold rings.
When the police reached the scene, Thanh, Sang and his wife, ran away leaving the rings behind.
The Kim Nguyet Shop Owner confirmed that the 24 rings were among the items stolen during the robbery.
Based on witness statements and footage recorded by the shop's security cameras, the police were able to identify Sang whom they later arrested him at his home.
His accomplice, Thanh, was caught later the same day.