Security guard tied up in $50k mobile phone store robbery in Ho Chi Minh City

Security guard tied up in $50k mobile phone store robbery in Ho Chi Minh City

A suspect is seen threatening a woman at knifepoint in this still photo taken from a CCTV footage.

Police in Ho Chi Minh City are hunting for a suspect in a robbery at a local mobile phone store, whose security guard was tied up and saw nearly 100 gadgets taken away.

The unidentified suspect broke into a Viettel mobile phone store on Luy Ban Bich Street in Tan Phu District at around 11:30 pm on Thursday and managed to neutralize Nguyen Van Huong, the only security guard on duty, according to police officers.

The robber tied up the 45-year-old guard and left with 98 stolen phones, worth VND1.1 billion (US$48,400), at around 3:30 am the following morning.

The suspect had also cut off the establishment’s power and disabled its surveillance cameras.

Huong only managed to untie himself 30 minutes after the suspect had left, and immediately notified the store owner of the robbery.

Local police examined the store on Friday morning and are hunting for the suspect.

CCTV footage of the cell phone robbery on March 28 in Binh Chanh District, Ho Chi Minh City

In related news, Ho Chi Minh City police are also searching for a suspect who robbed a woman of her mobile phone at knifepoint on Thursday.

The 37-year-old victim was standing in front of a mobile phone shop in the outer district of Binh Chanh at around 2:50 pm, when a man approached her and took out his knife.

After forcing the woman to give him her mobile phone, the suspect left on a motorbike with no license plate.

The broad daylight robbery was filmed by a security camera of the phone shop.

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