Vietnamese shoplifters stand trial in Hong Kong

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Five Vietnamese people were due in court Thursday in Hong Kong to face charges of running an elaborate shoplifing ring,  Monster and Critics reported the same day.


The group included a 43-year-old man and a 40-year-old woman who were believed to be the masterminds and two illegal immigrants.


They were arrested earlier this week when police raided their hideout, Monsters and Critics reported.


Hong Kong police launched their investigation three months ago following the arrest of a shoplifter.


The police were quoted as saying that the gang usually targeted busy fashion shops in the city center like H&M, Marks and Spencers, and Zara.


One member would block the view of the security camera, while others stuffed stolen items into suitcases lined with aluminum foil to prevent the shop's scanners from detecting security tags.


Police said they seized more than 1,000 garments worth some 100,000 Hong Kong dollars ($12,000) in the Monday raid along with records of stolen goods and foil-lined suitcases amounting to five million Hong Kong dollars ($650,000).


It is believed the goods were destined for Vietnam, where they were to be sold, the newswire reported.


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