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5 dog thieves detained in central Vietnam
By Ai Chau - Thanh Nien News -
The five dog thieves at a police station in the northern province of Thanh Hoa. Photo credit:Thanh Hoa Police Department 
Police in the north-central province of Thanh Hoa said Tuesday they are detaining five dog thieves that they believed are members of a professional dog theft gang.
Around midnight on June 6, a group of police officers in Nhu Xuan District arrested Le Ngoc Dong, 32, and Tran Dinh Tinh, 31, when they were stealing dogs.
The police seized three dogs, a motorbike and some tools, including a knife and an iron pipe, used by the dog thieves.
The pair confessed to police they had three other accomplices but had fled the scene.
Two days later, the trio gave themselves up to police.
The police said they are still expanding investigations.
Dog theft is rampant in Vietnam, where many people view the animals’ meat as good, if not healthful, food.
Under Vietnamese laws, dog thieves only face criminal charge when the stolen dogs are valued at VND2 million (around US$100) or above – the threshold for criminal charges.