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PHOTOS: Woman, 24, robs bank to pay debts

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24-year-old Phung Thi Thang has been arrested by police after she robbed a Techcombank branch in Tan Phu District, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

The police confirmed the incident and said the suspect, who was wearing a cap, a long-sleeved shirt and a face mask, carrying a bag containing five mini gas bottles disguised as bombs, an LED light string, a petroleum bottle and a lighter, entered the bank on Truong Vinh Ky Street on October 10.

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After threatening the bank staff with her ‘weapons’ and asking them to put money into her bag, she quickly got onto a taxi and took off with the stolen VND2.1 billion, according to local news reports.

Three hours later, the HCMC police arrested her at a supermarket in Tan Binh District.

It was gathered that on her way out, she had entered a commercial centre in Tan Phu District to change her clothes to prevent the police from identifying her.

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At the police station, Thang admitted to having planned to rob the bank as she had no money to pay her mounting debts.

The police are continuing to investigate the case.

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