When flashers go from bad to feral and branch out into bag snatching, what’s the world coming to?

At about 3am JST on 16 August 2013 in Osaka’s Hirano Ward, a 26-year-old woman called the police to report that she’d had her handbag stolen, which contained 9,000 yen (about US$90) in cash. As she cycled the short journey home from work, the bag was rudely snatched from the basket on the front of her bicycle by a man who pursued and overtook her on a black scooter. She described how to identify the alleged perp—as he was “totally naked except for a pink brassiere”, he should definitely stand out in a crowd. Police commented that this style of bag snatching was a first.

According to the description given to police, the man appeared to be in his early thirties, with a solid, chunky build, sporting a dyed brown crewcut. He was also wearing absolutely no clothing except for a pink bra.

Could this be blamed on the extreme summer heat in Japan currently frying everyone’s brains? One netizen theorized that the guy just really wanted to be apprehended, while another thought he must be a flasher at heart who didn’t want to be labelled as just any old run-of-the-mill pervert and so decided to resort to bag snatching.

Maybe his style of dress was a calculated ruse which made it difficult for the victim to remember his other physical characteristics? Perhaps the poor man was driven to desperation on both the romantic and financial fronts, and so was trying to kill two birds with one stone.

Or maybe he was just really drunk. In any case, if you spot a man who fits this description on a black scooter in Osaka, we recommend that you avoid him.

Featured image by Clare Bell of Identity Photogr@phy
Source: Hachima Kiko via Asahi Shimbun Digital