Police in Hanoi said Wednesday they had arrested a man who allegedly stole a car of a jewelry shop earlier this year with around 15 kilograms of gold and VND1 billion worth of cash inside.
Vu Duy Kien, 38, was caught on May 10 while he was trying to sell some of the gold, police said Wednesday.
Kien told police he had spent months secretly monitoring daily activities of Phi Doan Jewelry Shop and planned for the theft to pay his debts.
At around 3 a.m. on January 7 he spotted a car in front of the shop and watched two employees move gold and money into the car.
After seeing the employees putting a trunk into the car and going back inside the shop, Kien reportedly sneaked in and drove away.
He dropped the car several kilometers away and took 15 kilos of gold and VND1 billion, equivalent to around US$715,000 in total.
Between March and May, a friend helped him sell more than half of the amount of gold. He was caught on May 10 when trying to sell some more.
Kien told investigators used the money to buy a car and deposited the rest in a bank.