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HCMC Cabbie Arrested for $11,100 Theft

A Vinasun taxi driver was arrested last Saturday for allegedly stealing a bag containing US$11,100 of cash, gold and diamonds from a customer on her way to Tan Son Nhat, reports Thanh Nien.

The driver, Nguyen Huynh Ly, 25 was arrested after a Canadian customer reported that her bag had been stolen.

According to the woman, her relatives had called a taxi to take her to the airport. After putting her bags in the taxi, she went to say her final goodbyes to family members when the cabbie took off. Relatives of the woman chased the car but could not overtake it. One piece of luggage contained $11,100 in jewelry and cash.

Presumably, police were able to get the driver’s information from Vinasun and then tracked him down, getting a confession and recovering the stolen bag.

Just goes to show that even when one sticks with the ‘legitimate’ taxi companies in Saigon, you can’t get too comfortable.

 

[Thanh Nien // Photo via Daniel Hoherd]

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