Thieves steal VND1.3 billion from ATM

Thieves made off with VND1.3 billion (US$65,000) from an automated teller machine (ATM) of a bank in Ho Chi Minh City.

An official checks the ATM safe box, which the thieves are supposed to use welding machine to open (Photo: Thanh Nien)

The case was discovered by a customer on Friday morning as the costumer came to the machine of Techcombank to withdraw cash at 184-186 Le Trong Tan, Tay Thanh Ward, Tan Phu District.

The thieves were alleged to use welding machine to destroy the safe box.
Unlike previous ATM thefts, they did not use papers to stick on the glass door to conceal their behavior.

Police is investigating the case.

Rahn Wood, director of Techcombank’s network development center said that the stolen money was estimated to be worth VND1.3 billion.

Last month, VND800 million (US$40,000) was stolen from another bank’s ATM in Tan Binh District.

By Ai Chan – Translated by Kim Chung

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