Vietnamese police have arrested a local man in Ho Chi Minh City who snatched a bag from a British woman and later her personal papers, room keys and bank cards, all in a bag tucked inside the bag at the entrance to her hotel. .
Nguyen Cong Danh, 32, has been handed over to the municipal police for further investigation after he was arrested on charges of theft under Vietnam’s penal code, the Tuoi Tre newspaper reported.
The victim was British Helen Kavanagh, 61, whose bag Danh snatched five days ago outside Ben Thanh Market in the central business district.
On February 20, Danh reached an area outside the market and found a foreign woman walking with a bag on her shoulder after riding a motorcycle through many streets looking for prey.
The man walked up to the woman, snatched the bag from her and accelerated as the victim chased after him and screamed for help, a preliminary police report said.
Danh later examined the bag and found two smartphones, glasses, VND 1.2 million (US$52) in cash and a wallet with personal papers, two hotel room key cards bearing the hotel’s name and two bank cards.
After usurping all other belongings in the bag, Danh took the wallet containing such papers and cards to the victim’s hotel, located on Ly Tu Trong Street, and threw it at the entrance that same day.
A hotel guard picked up the wallet and gave it back to the foreign woman, who had reported the robbery to the local police.
Shortly after initiating an investigation into the case, the district police identified Danh as the suspect and arrested him the next morning.
Police officers recovered Danh’s two smartphones and glasses, which were then returned to the victim.
Regarding the VND 1.2 million money, the suspect said he spent it on personal needs.
Since the victim is a foreigner, the district police handed the case over to the municipal police for handling.
Anyone who steals another person’s assets can be punished with sentences ranging from one year to life imprisonment and may be subject to fines ranging from VND10,000,000 ($436) to VND 100,000,000 ($4,360), depending on severity of their crime, according to Article 171 of the Vietnamese Penal Code, according to Tuoi Tre newspaper.