Police in Tokyo said Sunday they have arrested a 17-year-old youth on suspicion of stealing a shoulder bag from a woman in a wheelchair in September.
According to police, the incident occurred at around 3 p.m. on Sept 16 in Katsushika Ward. The 62-year-old woman was returning home in her motorized wheelchair when the youth came up behind her, grabbed the bag which was on her lap, and ran away, Fuji TV reported. The woman's bag had about 50,000 yen in it, police said.
Police said the suspect, who is from Misato, Saitama Prefecture, has admitted to the charge and was quoted as saying he wanted money.
The youth is also being questioned about several similar cases of bag-snatching that have occurred in the ward in recent months.© Japan Today