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If you ever feel overwhelmed by mooncake gifts this Trung Thu, remember that there are underprivileged others who might have to resort to driving their car to steal bánh Trung Thu.

According to Dân Trí, the Thủ Dầu Một City Police Department (Bình Dương Province) is building a case against Nguyễn Minh Dũng, Mai Hoàng Phước, Nguyễn Thành Nhân, and Nguyễn Phước Trí Dũng, all 21-22 years old, for property theft.

Local news shared that early in the morning of August 12, the four had a nhậu session and decided to rob a local mooncake vendor. Phước drove his car home to retrieve a bunch of machetes and then drove Nhân, alongside Chí Dũng and Minh Dũng on their motorbike, to a mooncake stall on National Road No. 13 in Phú Hòa Ward.

Footage from the stall’s CCTV shows that around 3am, the gang violently pulled off the kiosk’s tarp, threatening two staff members, who were asleep inside, with their machetes. They demanded five boxes of bánh Trung Thu and two lanterns in proper packaging for “gifting.”

Thanh Niên reports that local police arrested Phước, Nhân, and Chí Dũng and confiscated a range of evidence including the machetes and the lanterns, but only one box of mooncakes — they have polished off the other four boxes. Minh Dũng managed to evade capture but surrendered himself after three days at large.

[Photo via VOV]

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