Jeffrey Arthur McGinnis outside a courtroom in Ho Chi Minh City on Thursday. Photo by VnExpress/Binh Nguyen

He was caught in his second theft attempt in August last year.

A court in Ho Chi Minh City on Thursday sentenced a Canadian man to nine months in jail after he was caught stealing laptops at local hotels twice.

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Jeffrey Arthur McGinnis, 33 and an IT professional, went to a hotel in District 1 in late August, sneaked into its staff room and took two laptops, according to the indictment.

Several days later, he went to another hotel also in the district and stole a laptop from a guest’s luggage.

This time his act was caught on camera and he was arrested the following night.

He said he had sold the first two laptops for VND7 million ($309).

McGinnis said he needed money because his business went south.

In Vietnam theft suspects will face criminal charges if the stolen items are valued above VND2 million.