A snatch thief called his victim to return the loot in exchange for a bag which he had left behind at the scene of the crime in Segamat, China Press reported.
The victim agreed. The thief showed up for the exchange and was promptly arrested.
The victim received the call from the thief while she was making a police report two hours after the incident.
The thief had snatched the bag while the victim was having a meal in a coffee shop at 2pm on Friday.
The victim's friend, however, managed to grab a bag belonging to the thief with his MyKad inside.
The thief later found the victim's number in the handbag and called her, asking to "settle the matter quietly".
The thief was arrested when he came with his wife and two children to make the exchange.