Vietnam: Taxi Driver Steals iPhone, Good Samaritans, Police Seize Thief
According to http://www.thanhniennews.com, locals and police in Hanoi arrested a taxi driver who stole a mobile phone from a Finnish couple on Thursday night (August 14).
Nguyen Xuan Viet, 23, was arrested for stealing an iPhone from a passenger named Mari Susanna, 48, and her husband hailed Viet to transport them from Hai Ba Trung street to their hotel in Nghi Tam street.
At their destination, Viet asked the couple to pay him a total of VND 200,000 (US$10), although the taxi meter only read VND 80,000 ($4).
The couple paid him the fee displayed on the meter and left the taxi.
COMMENT: Unfortunately, an enterprising network of criminals, atypically working as taxi drivers, Viet then followed the couple for a period of time before quickly exiting his cab, snatching the iPhone out of Susanna's hand and returning to the driver's seat to make good his getaway.
Fortunately, a group of Good Samaritans and police quickly surrounded the cab and arrested the crime-focused taxi driver.
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