Shanjia railway station, Shulin District of New Taipei City, Taiwan. Photo: Google Maps

A Vietnamese migrant worker has been arrested in a special police operation in New Taipei City for stealing electric bikes from compatriots while they were parked at a railway station.

The 33-year-old, with the surname Nguyen, was taken into custody on Saturday after police noticed he was on closed-circuit security camera footage every time a bike had been taken from Shanjia railway station. He was allegedly trying to steal another bike when he was arrested.

Police set up the surveillance operation in response to numerous complaints from Vietnamese. One of the missing bikes had reportedly cost TW$15,000 (US$504), the Central News Agency said.

Nguyen admitted having stolen six electric bikes this month, all of them belonging to other Vietnamese migrants.