Vietnam cop transferred over ATM theft in capital

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This ATM was found a few meters from its booth in Hanoi January 10 after would-be thieves dropped it when an alarm went off / PHOTO COURTESY OF VNEXPRESS

A deputy chief of a Hanoi ward police division in charge of crime has been transferred for failing to stop thieves trying to carry away an entire ATM last week despite being informed by a member of the public, online newspaper VnExpress reported.

Lieutenant Colonel Dinh Ba Pha of Giang Vo ward has been made a member of a local team tasked with executing court judgments.

Colonel Duong Van Giap, head of the city police's crime department, said three thieves were tying cables around an ATM on Giang Vo Street at around 4 a.m. January 10, planning to take it away from its booth in a car when a passer-by spotted them.

The person informed the ward police but no action was taken to stop or apprehend the thieves.

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Pha claimed since it had been dark officers were unable to spot the break-in.

An hour later an ATM belonging to Maritime Bank was found lying 10 meters away from the booth.

The bank said no cash had been taken from the ATM.

Indications are that the thieves did not carry away the machine because when they removed it from the booth, a vibration sensor was activated, triggering an alarm.

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