The police in the ancient town of Hoi An have arrested two men accused of robbing many foreign tourists, including a 29-year-old French woman as the latest victim.
Nguyen Nhat Hoang, 20, and Le Van Dung, 22, told the police they often drive motorbike to prey on foreigners, especially women, who often go around the town by bicycle.
Colonel Dinh Xuan Nghi, Hoi An police chief, said police have returned stolen properties for many of their victims.
Earlier on May 9, French tourist Melissa Chevalier reported to Hoi An police of being robbed while riding a bicycle on Cua Dai Street.
She said two men on a motorbike snatched her bag with three cell phones, VND200,000 (US$9) and some foreign cash and other personal items.
Police later found an empty bag, identified to belong to the French tourist, was left in Cam Ha Commune and began to investigate suspects in the area.
“Plainclothes police found that Hoang, a drug addict, has often ridden motorbike along the streets where there were many tourists,” Nghi said.
After being summoned by the police, the 20-year-old admitted he and an accomplice robbed the French tourist. Subsequent investigation led to the arrest of Dung.
The duo confessed they often targeted “western” women and had spent the robbed money on drug.
Nghi said that the police department had asked local hotels to recommend their guests not to put handbags in bicycle baskets while riding aro8nd the town.
Last year, Hoi An police busted 20 of the total of 34 reported robbery cases involving foreign victims.