Taipei--Two Chinese pickpockets who allegedly were targeting Japanese tourists at Taipei MRT stations were arrested earlier this week, Taipei police said Wednesday.
The two Chinese men, aged 50 and 56, were stealing from Japanese tourists by following them onto escalators and into crowded places, police said.
The two suspects were working as team, with one opening the backpack or bag of the victim while the other removed the money and other valuable items inside, according to the police.
In May, two pickpocket incidents were reported by Japanese tourists, police said.
Taipei police said they were able to close in on the suspects after months of investigation.
The two men had been making frequent visits to Taiwan since January 2016 and when they entered the country again on June 18 this year, Taipei police put them under surveillance and issued a warrant for their arrest.
That same day, the suspects were arrested while they were stalking potential victims, and were found to be carrying a wad of Japanese yen banknotes and several mobile phones, which were seized, police said.
During questioning, the two suspects confessed that they had been stealing from well-dressed people carrying bags or backpacks, police said.