Police in the central Vietnamese city of Da Nang have filed robbery charges against a 28-year-old man who allegedly stole 375 grams of gold from a local jewelry shop to pay off his football betting debts.
On June 14 Dang Van Binh allegedly went to Khai Hoan Jewelry shop on Pho Duc Chinh Street, broke the display counter, grabbed some jewels, and fled.
Nguyen Xuan Vinh, the shop owner, said he and others chased after the man who was wearing a helmet and a mask against dust, but only managed to note down his motorbike license number.
From the number, the police traced the owner of the bike, Tran Thanh Sinh, who said he had lent the vehicle that particular day to his brother-in-law Binh.
He found Binh's arm bleeding when he came to return the bike, he said. Binh told Sinh and his wife Tran Thi Thu Phuong about the robbery, asked the former to sell some of the stolen gold, and left the rest with her.
The police said they found 23 gold rings and a necklace in Binh and Phuong's house. They have summoned Phuong and Sinh for interrogation.
Binh confessed he owed a football betting ring more than VND40 million (US$1,910) after betting on the ongoing Euro 2012 football matches, but was unable to borrow from his friends, Cong An Nhan Dan newspaper reported.
Dang Van Colonel Lam Cao Huynh, chief of the Son Tra District police, said he would remain in custody for four months for further investigations.
The alleged loot was worth around VND420 million (US$20,000).