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A woman was held captive in an ATM booth by two men while two of their accomplices stole her motorbike in a busy area in Ho Chi Minh City in broad daylight Wednesday.
The woman who wished to be known only as Thuan, a 33-year-old teacher living in District 7, reported to the police that at 2.10 pm she had driven her colleague’s motorbike to the DongA Bank ATM at the junction of Dien Bien Phu and Nguyen Binh Khiem in District 1.
As she was locking her vehicle in front of the booth, two young men in shabby clothes arrived, one of them with an ATM card in hand.
But since he did not enter the booth and stared at her, she did not go into the booth and sought to leave instead.
At that moment two other young men came on a motorbike.
Feeling reassured, she locked her vehicle again and stepped into the booth. As soon as she got in, the first two held the door shut while the other two easily unlocked her motorbike and drove it away.
Thuan shouted for help but nobody came. She called 113, the emergency police, but they told her to call the local police.
She said she lost VND13 million (US$622) in cash, two motorbike registration papers, and some other things.
A Dan Tri newswire reporter went to the scene later and found the ATM booth did not have a camera or alarm system.
A week ago another motorbike was robbed in daylight here, locals told Dan Tri.
“It is a completely new kind of motorbike robbery and we will send a task force to the area to investigate and hunt for the culprits,” an official at the HCMC Social Crime Investigation Police Department told the newswire.