A Henan man, surnamed Wang, jogs just behind the cyclist as he picks her pocket with a pair of chopsticks.
The cyclist was reportedly completely unaware that the theft was taking place.
After seeing himself in local media reports, Wang phoned a journalist and admitted that he was the "suit man" in the photos.
He said he turned to crime as he is struggling to raise his 12 year old child by himself.
Wang gave himself up at a local police station after photos emerged of him robbing a cyclist in downtown Zhengzhou.