The H&M store the four allegedly tried to steal from in Bangkok. Photo: Google Maps

Thai police arrested four Vietnamese nationals in Bangkok last Thursday and charged them with shoplifting. Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao, 31, Tran Duc Viet, 24, Nguyen Thi Phuong Mai, 29, and Ly Thu Huong, 24, allegedly went into an H&M clothing store at a mall on Sukhumvit Road and tried to steal clothes by removing anti-theft tags, VN Express reported.

According to the police, the group was watched by guards and tried to escape when they realized they had been seen. Thao was stopped by the guards when the group tried to escape.

Police arrested Thao and soon caught her accomplices after a raid on their hotel rooms the same night. A considerable amount of clothes were found in their room.

The group has denied allegations of theft, but police suspect they may have committed similar crimes prior to their arrest.

In a similar case only days earlier, three Vietnamese nationals were arrested for shoplifting in Tokyo. According to a media report, Vietnamese expats commit more crimes than any other foreign groups in the country, with shoplifting being the most frequent offense.