Fengshan Precinct in Kaohsiung in Taiwan. Photo: Google Maps
Fengshan Precinct in Kaohsiung in Taiwan. Photo: Google Maps

A Taiwanese man who snatched a handbag from a Filipina cyclist last month was arrested in a rural part of Kaohsiung in Taiwan on Saturday by police, who used the latest license-plate-recognition system to track him down.

On August 28, the Filipino woman, who is employed as a domestic worker, was riding her bicycle in Fengshan district in southern Kaohsiung, with her belongings placed in the front basket, The Real Daily reported on Monday.

At 12:38pm, as she arrived at the intersection of Wensheng and Huatai streets, a male motorcyclist suddenly came close. He snatched and fled with the victim’s red handbag, which contained NT$3,000 (US$100) in cash and her work permit.

The China Times said the maid was shocked at the theft and needed help from her employer to filed a report to police about the theft.

Police officers at Fengshan Precinct reviewed closed-circuit television footage from the scene and identified the motorbike involved in the incident. They discovered that it traveled past a section of Jingwu Road daily, according to the city’s license-plate-recognition system, which is still being tested.

At 9:26pm, the police pursued and arrested the motorcyclist. The man, surnamed Wu and aged 39, later took officers to a spot where the victim’s handbag and work permit were both recovered.

Wu admitted to police that he robbed the Filipina, saying he was desperately in need of money last month.

One reply on “Man arrested for snatching Filipina’s handbag in Kaohsiung”

Comments are closed.