Hanoi – Police in Vietnam charged five people with stealing nearly 1kg of gold from an 86-year-old homeless beggar. The five suspects were yesterday charged with robbery, said Thai Thi My Trang, spokesperson for Dong Thap Province’s Police Department. The department said the incident happened on December 21 as the gang discovered a beggar sleeping at a market in Tram Chim town, Tam Nong District of Dong Thap province. The five men allegedly searched the beggar and stole 945g of gold worth nearly $42 000 (R447 000) and 29 million dong (R14 617) in cash. Officers arrested five people on suspicion of robbery a day later and seized about 170g of gold and the cash. Police said the beggar had left home after a family dispute several years ago. He lives by begging at various places in the province and uses the money he is given to buy gold. “He could remember clearly where and when he bought his gold so his declaration seems to be correct,” said a police official.