Wufeng Precinct of the Taichung City Government Police Bureau. Photo: Google Maps

A 20-year-old Vietnamese migrant in Taichung, central Taiwan, who allegedly gambled away the equivalent of more than NT$200,000 (US$6,500) back in his homeland, was arrested on Thursday for at least two thefts.

The man, who was allegedly addicted to gambling, accumulated more than NT$200,000 in debts during Lunar New Year back home, The Liberty Times reported.

In June, a drink shop in Taichung’s Wufeng district reported to police a suspected break-in from which NT$10,000 in cash was missing. Police went through surveillance footage, but none of the closed-circuit television cameras caught sight of the burglar.

At 3am on July 13, another drink shop in the neighborhood was robbed of NT$110,000. This time police managed to identify the burglary suspect from the CCTV footage by a tattoo on his arm.

Last Thursday, officers tracked the man to a workers’ hostel, where a bag containing only NT$10,000 was recovered.

The suspect admitted to the police that NT$80,000 (US$2,600) in cash had been remitted back to Vietnam to repay his outstanding gambling debts.

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