Noi Bai Airport catches 2 thieves amid security concerns

By Mai Ha, Thanh Nien News

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Passengers check in at Hanoi's Noi Bai Airport. Photo: Mai Ha Passengers check in at Hanoi's Noi Bai Airport. Photo: Mai Ha


Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi has reported two more jewelry and iPhone thefts, not long after two baggage handlers were caught stealing a smartphone from a passenger. 
The first case happened at around 6 a.m. on July 25 when passenger Nguyen Van Duc reported to security officers at the airport that he lost two necklaces while waiting to board his flight.
The officers later found the necklaces in the locker of Nguyen Thi Tuyen, a janitor hired by a private contractor at the airport. They issued a fine against her. 
The necklaces were later returned to the passenger.
Also on the same day, Pham Van Hiep reported that he lost an iPhone when waiting for his flight to Ho Chi Minh City.
The passenger said he was charging the phone at a coffee shop and somebody stole it.
Security footage showed a suspect. 
The woman, 31-year-old Le Thi Hao from Thai Nguyen Province, later confessed to the crime.
Hao said she was having coffee at the shop when she saw Hiep asking a staff member to help charge his iPhone.
Later, she came over and told the staff member that she was with Hiep and wanted to collect the phone. 
The case has been handed over to the police. 
Earlier in June, the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam stepped up inspections at major airports, following increasing complaints about baggage thefts.
Last week, police arrested two baggage handlers who stole a smartphone from a South Korean passenger at Noi Bai Airport and hid it in the luggage compartment of a plane.
The phone, a Samsung Galaxy Note, was later returned to the passenger while the duo is being investigated.

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