Saigon police arrest bag snatcher after two-week hunt

By Quoc Thang   February 19, 2019 | 09:00 am GMT+7
Saigon police arrest bag snatcher after two-week hunt
Thach Thanh Truyen, 24, was arrested on Monday for snatching handbag from Vietnamese Singaporean woman. Photo by VnExpress/Quoc Thang

After a two-week hunt, Saigon police Monday nabbed a 24-year-old bag snatcher who’d robbed a Vietnamese Singaporean woman.

Thach Thanh Truyen and his accomplice, on a motorbike, grabbed a handbag from Le Lam Bao Tran, who was taking photos with her family at the corner of Cao Ba Quat and Thi Sach Street in District 1, a five-minute drive from Ben Thanh Market, on February 3.

The bag had S$2,000 ($1,480), credit cards and other personal identification papers.

By chance, her relative captured the face of the man right at the moment the robbery took place.

A man is captured on camera as he snatched a handbag from a Vietnamese Singaporean woman in downtown Saigon on Sunday. Photo courtesy of the victims family

Thach Thanh Truyen is captured on camera snatching a handbag from a Vietnamese Singaporean woman in downtown Saigon on February 3.

After committing the robbery, Truyen returned home to the Mekong Delta province of Tra Vinh, and was spotted by police after he moved back to Saigon.

Acting on a tipoff, police officers caught Truyen at a hotel in Binh Chanh District, where he was staying with his girlfriend.

Police are searching for Truyen’s accomplice, whose name has not been revealed.

Street crime, especially those targeting tourists, has been a rising problem in Saigon for many years now, giving the nation’s largest city an unsavory reputation despite its many other attractions.

 
 
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