Hanoi man steals 9 smartphones from temple goers

By Pham Du   January 24, 2023 | 08:49 pm PT
Hanoi man steals 9 smartphones from temple goers
Nine smartphones stolen by Chu Van Dung at Tran Quoc Pagoda in Hanoi as seized by the police on January 23, 2023. Photo by Hanoi police
Police in Hanoi have arrested a man who stole nine smartphones from people visiting Tran Quoc Pagoda during the Lunar New Year holiday.

Police in the Tay Ho District have arrested Chu Van Dung, 30, with property theft charges.

Dung told police that he had taken advantage of the situation in which many people flock to Tran Quoc Pagoda on the morning of Monday, the second day of the Lunar New Year, to pickpocket the phones from people’s jackets and bags.

The pagoda, the oldest Buddhist temple in Hanoi, lies on a small island near the southeastern shore of the West Lake. During the Tet holiday, the pagoda usually draws huge crowds who come to pray for peace and happiness.

On Monday, Dung pickpocketed nine phones. In each of the cases, he turned off the phone and removed the SIM card immediately to cover his tracks.

He was caught holding the nine phones when leaving the pagoda on Monday afternoon.

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