theft

64-year-old man arrested for stealing a roll of toilet paper from hospital toilet

Japanese authorities take a hardline approach to taking something that isn’t yours, no matter how insignificant it might seem.

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Criminally studious Japanese schoolgirl caught stealing dozens of educational books in one night

Educators might applaud her motivation, but the police arrested her anyway.

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Fukuoka senior arrested for stealing a single grape, denies charges

He probably would have gotten away with it too if he didn’t insist on peeling the darn thing.

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Japanese love hotel worker injured after two men run off without paying exorbitant bill

The non-paying guests did a runner while the employee grabbed onto their car door.

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Japanese teen offers to catch purse snatcher for elderly woman, but is actually helping rob her

Police catch fake hero who didn’t even try to catch thief for 73-year-old victim.

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Japanese educator embezzled $69,200 over four years to fund mobile game microtransactions

Mobile games sure are fun, but that’s no reason to steal money meant for education.

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Middle-aged man arrested for stealing whistles from little girls

Search of suspect’s home revealed 12 whistles, suggesting repeat offenses.

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Most Japanese theft ever? Chainsaws taken to flowering cherry blossoms in Osaka

Thieves used machinery to steal flowering cherry blossom branches and tree trunks from a park in Osaka Prefecture.

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The simplest, most direct way to protect your umbrella from being stolen in Japan

Sometimes, a not-so-gentle reminder is all it takes to make sure your belongings continue to be yours.

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Man in China arrested for highway robbery… he literally stole the street

Industrious criminal charged with making off with 800 meters of road.

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Unemployed man and teen schoolgirl team up to steal manga, get arrested in Japan

It sounds like the set-up for a silly anime, but the end of the story is soberingly real.

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Japanese woman arrested after stealing 90,000 yen worth of anime from live-in boyfriend

It’s nice to have a partner who values your hobby, but not like this.

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74-year-old ninja’s crime-spree comes to a close in Osaka

He evaded police and cameras for nearly a decade but time always has a way of catching up with us.

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Japanese umbrella strap helps prevent thefts by literally keeping an eye on your belongings

Creepy cool accessory’s clever construction makes the eye go into alert mode when you snap it on.

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Dumb criminal in Japan tries to sell stolen goods back to shop he just robbed seven minutes ago

Criminals are sometimes urged to return to the scene of the crime, but usually not this soon.

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An easy way to stop people from stealing your umbrella in Japan, plus put smiles on a few faces

Simple technique requires only a printer, some tape, and maybe an anime reference.

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Please don’t make the stupid mistake of taking an “abandoned” bike for a ride in Japan

Just about the dumbest way to get in trouble with the law while living or traveling here.

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“He’s too cute, I can’t give him back.” Missing cat case makes fur fly on Twitter

When Motsu the cat went missing, his owners received a cruel letter from someone claiming to be his new owner.

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Osaka police on the lookout for elementary students who stole equivalent to $1,000 in six thefts

Tsurumi Ward in Osaka has been the scene of a crime wave since November 3 in which two young boys believed to be in the fifth or sixth grade have stolen cash and property from six separate homes so far. The suspects are still at large, unless class is in session.

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