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Police tie arrests to Vietnamese crime syndicate.

KOBE, Sept. 29 Kyodo Police in Hyogo Prefecture, western Japan have linked two Vietnamese arrested in connection with a May robbery to a crime syndicate allegedly based in Vietnam, police sources said Tuesday. The sources said Nguyen Thi Hong Ha, 27, and an accomplice named Nguyen Thi Nghia, 45, face charges of stealing jewelry worth 40,000 yen from a store in a shopping center in Takarazuka, Hyogo, on May 22. According to police investigations, the two are members of a crime syndicate named "bear head" based in Vietnam which is made up of former soldiers from the former South Vietnam and specializes in the theft of jewelry in Japan. The crime syndicate is believed to send from its headquarters in Vietnam faxed orders detailing the kind of items to be stolen in Japan and then shipped back to the Vietnam by air, the police sources said. It is also said to operate mainly in the Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe areas and working in groups of two and three, they said. Police said they discovered the group's overseas connection after investigating the whereabouts of the stolen goods. They are now looking for other possible suspects involved with the crime ring.
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Publication:Asian Political News
Geographic Code:9JAPA
Date:Oct 5, 1998
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