Police on Tuesday arrested a 17-year-old youth at his place of work in Iwamizawa, Hokkaido, for obstructing police duties by making prank calls. The arrest came after the youth made the latest in a series of calls to the Ashibetsu police station, causing an officer to be sent out to investigate a false crime. Police seized four cell phones from the suspect's home and found records of around 3,000 calls to police stations as far afield as Osaka and Okinawa.
The suspect has been charged with calling Ashibetsu police station to falsely report crimes around 2,100 times between July and August. The false crimes reported included a fight at a train station and a convenience store robbery that had resulted in injury. These calls prompted up to 112 police call-outs. Ashibetsu police said that in a single day they once received 532 silent, nuisance or time-wasting telephone calls.© News reports