Vietnam cops arrest boys for stealing $105K from gov't worker

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Police in the central province of Nghe An said Wednesday they have arrested three teenagers who stole 57 ounces of gold and more than US$2,000 in cash from a local government worker.

The police said Phan Xuan Nam and Lu Van Sang, both 14, Nguyen Cao Cuong, 18, and Hai, 16, who remains at large, broke into the house of Tran Thi Anh Dao, an official of Nghe An People's Committee office on June 25, Tuoi Tre reported.

Dao's husband is a retired traffic cop in the province.

Police have searched the boys' houses for the cash and gold worth US$102,717 according to current price, which is down seven percent from a month ago.

Vietnam's GDP per capita in 2012 was $1,596, and government workers have always been considered low-income earners.

The police were able to retrieve 0.7 ounce of gold from local shops. They also seized more than $1,000 in cash, and many items the boys had purchased, including three motorbikes, a television and a refrigerator.

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