Thach Thanh Truyen, left, was caught on film when he snatched Le Lam Bao Tran's handbag in Ho Chi Minh two weeks ago. Photo: YouTube

Police in Ho Chi Minh City in southern Vietnam have arrested a bag snatcher who robbed a Vietnamese-Singaporean woman two weeks ago.

On February 3, Le Lam Bao Tran was taking photos with her family on Thi Sach Street in District 1 when two men on a motorbike grabbed her handbag and drove off, VN Express reported. The bag reportedly contained cash, credit cards and personal identity documents.

But the victim was lucky – a relative clicked a photo at the very moment the robbery took place, capturing the bag snatcher’s face and enabling the authorities to actively search for the thief.

The bag snatcher was identified as Thach Thanh Truyen, 24, and arrested on Monday, February 18.

Authorities received a tip-off about Truyen’s whereabouts. The man had reportedly returned home to Tra Vinh province after the robbery, but he was caught at a hotel in the Binh Chanh district in Ho Chi Minh City, where he was staying with his girlfriend.

Truyen’s accomplice, who has yet to be identified, is still being hunted by city police.

Read: Ho Chi Minh bag snatchers caught on camera

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