Copycat teens fail in ATM heist, nabbed

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Police early Thursday caught red-handed three boys in mid teens using a welding device to cut open an ATM machine in Vinh City in the central Nghe An province.

The three ninth-graders from Doi Cung Secondary School Photo: VnExpress

Pham Duc Chinh, 15, Phung Bao Quoc and Pham Doan Hung, both 14, were attempting the theft on Nguyen Sy Sach Street when they were arrested on the spot. The booth belongs to the Saigon Commercial Bank.

The three ninth-graders from Doi Cung Secondary School confessed they planned the heist upon hearing that thieves successfully broke into a cash machine in Ho Chi Minh City down south and managed to take away VND1.3 billion (US$66,600) last month.

They then googled to study ATM’s designs and structures; toured the city to spy on security guards and their routines around ATM booths.

Quoc pawned his bicycle to buy a welding device and a wire cutter.

After entering the cubicle, they sprayed paint on the glass door to cover themselves and started to shut down power and cameras with the wire cutter.

But their plan was foiled by six police officers and security guards.

On Nov 26, thieves broke open an ATM machine in Ho Chi Minh City’s Tan Phu District and stole VND1.3 billion.

Previously, on October 21, they took away VND822 million ($42,000) from a cash machine on Cong Hoa Street in Tan Binh District.

The same day, three thieves attempted to crack open an ATM on Truong Chinh Street, also in HCMC but fled the scene after being caught by security officers.

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