Vietnam launches criminal case against suspected Peruvian ATM bandit

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Elmer Eduardo Nunez Correa in a photo released by Dong Nai police Elmer Eduardo Nunez Correa in a photo released by Dong Nai police


Police in the southern province of Dong Nai on Thursday said they have started criminal proceedings against a Peruvian man for allegedly stealing more than 900 million (US$40,050) from an ATM late last year, local media reported.
According to news website Zing, Elmer Eduardo Nunez Correa, 42, is among six ATM bandits who stole around VND3 billion ($133,500) in total in Dong Nai, Khanh Hoa Province and Ho Chi Minh City.
His five accomplices, all Peruvian, are still at large.
Dong Nai police said the gang allegedly used a cutting torch to open an unguarded ATM of Agribank in Bien Hoa, the capital town of Dong Nai, in late December 2014.
They took away more than VND900 million.
Previously, Correa and five accomplices allegedly used cutting torch to open an ATM machine in Khanh Hoa’s Dien Khanh District at 1 a.m. on March 29, 2015 and stole VND1.4 billion (US$62,300).
The gang fled to Ho Chi Minh City, then to Cambodia.
Correa later returned to HCMC, allegedly to visit his girlfriend.
He was arrested in HCMC last April in a joint operation by Khanh Hoa and HCMC police.
After the arrest, he was transferred to Khanh Hoa and put into police custody in four months.

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