Police in the central resort town of Nha Trang on Friday returned a handbag to a Chinese tourist after two snatchers left it behind in an attempt to escape a police chase.
Wang Fan, 61, was called to visit a police station to receive her belongings, including two mobile phones, several credit cards and around US$900.
She had her bag snatched by two men on Thong Nhat Street earlier that day.
Officer Nguyen Anh Tuan said he witnessed the robbery when he was returning to his office after a lunch break.
He sped up and chased after the men, who then threw the handbag at him to escape.
Police are now hunting for the two robbers.