Monday, July 07, 2008

Motorbike bandits busted in HCMC/Saigon

Binh Thanh District police in Ho Chi Minh City Thursday arrested eight members of a gang in the leadup to a robbery on Nguyen Thai Binh Street, police said.

The motorbike gang, which was led by Nguyen Hoai Huong, 42, causes victims to crash their motorbikes, then robs them.

Huong was arrested with seven others: Pham Thi Xuan, Hoang Nu Thanh Thuy, Nguyen Van Trung Hieu, Truong Dinh Toan, Luong Kim Son, La Mong Hoa and Dao Duy Tho.

According to police records, all of them have serious criminal records and some were sought for other crimes, including murder.

Police said in the last two years, they have committed numerous robberies in HCMC, Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Dong Nai and Binh Duong provinces.

Police, who had been watching the gang for a month, said the group committed 10-15 robberies a day.

Sometimes, they did three robberies on a street in minutes.

They were well organized and usually operated from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Police are still hunting for two members.