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ATM crackers hit Hanoi machine, $29,000 stolen

Thieves struck an ATM booth in Hanoi on Thursday and escaped with VND567 million (US$29,000), according to police reports.

This was the fourth attack on ATM kiosks in Hanoi in the past two months and the first successful heist in the capitol city.

Police say the machine belonged to the Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV); they suspect that the thieves used a butane torch to cut into machine's cash box.

Representatives from the Vietnam Bank Card Association said the country recorded a number of attacks on ATM booths in recent months.

The suspects have fled the scene in all but one case, in the central province of Nghe An..

Online newspaper VnExpress quoted Major General Nguyen Tien Luc, deputy director of the Crime Prevention Police Bureau, as saying that the Ministry of Public Security plans to beef up security at ATM kiosks.