Police quickly arrested a man who had allegedly snatched a handbag from a Vietnamese woman while she was riding her bicycle in the countryside of Nantou county, central Taiwan, on Sunday evening.
The victim, a migrant worker, was unaware that she had been followed by a masked man in a black jacket and helmet, China Daily News reported.
The man approached her, asking her for directions, claiming to be lost. He then grabbed her handbag from the bicycle basket and fled on a motorbike, which was believed to have been stolen as well.
Officers from the Caotun Precinct of the Nantou County Police Bureau started tracking down the suspect by reviewing surveillance video shot in the area.
At 11:30pm, about eight hours after the reported theft, a Taiwanese man surnamed Chien was found hiding in a farm in Tongyuan, the rural area of Nantou.
The man was arrested. Two mobile phones – one belonging to the Vietnamese woman and one to the owner of the stolen motorbike – were allegedly recovered from Chien’s backpack.
Police continued the investigation as Chien might also have been responsible for similar thefts in the neighborhood.