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17-year-old youth arrested for stealing bag from woman in wheelchair

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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.

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A little bowing and reparation from the parents, and this kid will walk. But if I did that, I'd do hard time and then get deported.

14 ( +15 / -1 )

I think a public flogging would be a suitable punishment for this little thug!

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I think a public flogging would be a suitable punishment for this little thug!

Thug? Coward is a better word. But yeah, I'm inclined to agree otherwise.

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A little bowing and reparation from the parents, and this kid will walk. But if I did that, I'd do hard time and then get deported.

Not only that, if it had been you this article would've repeated the fact that you're a foreigner over and over and over and ...

" An Australian man/ an American man/ a British man, an Indian man, etc, etc". While in the meantime we're told it was simply a youth.

8 ( +8 / -1 )

That is just low.

7 ( +7 / -0 )

Shame on this kid. And I agree with the others that he's not going to face any serious punishment, and he'll probably be repeating the behaviour before long as such.

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this type of cowardly thief is present in my neighbourhood as a number of older women have had their handbags snatched by a young guy on a bike so I am very vigilant. If one of them is coming down the street towards me after a snatch he had better be ET otherwise I will break their fingers and leave them blubbering in the gutter.

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Just the "title" made me feel sick... How was this boy "dragged up" ? My son had a part-time job when he was 13 (he looked "older"). When he heard it paid 500 yen/hour, "Speedy Gonzales" couldn't have caught up with him as he shot off on his bike to the store... (His "pocket money" was 500 yen/week at the time !)

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Disgusting!

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Disillusioned I think a public flogging would be a suitable punishment for this little thug!

I do agree with you , Singapore and Malaysia do such flogging but not in public

2 ( +2 / -0 )

At 17, he should have been well into a job.

Responsibility? Some Japanese youths have it made. Just smooch off mom and pop, go through the motions and hope to get into a "good" college/ university. Big time lack of disciplinary action followed by "the lectures" is to blame.

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He needs his a$$ kicked real good. If he is a so called gangsta wannabe, maybe it's about time the higher ups in his crew take him out back and teach him a lesson, since I have heard so much on how supposedly the gangsters in the Yak are supposed to have honor. Where is the honor in this type of crime?

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I think this is the lowest a coward can go.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Can't go much lower than this. Scum

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On my 16th birthday I was given a lecture by my mom about how it was time to get a part time job and I had a week to find one or else. At 17, he should have been well into a job.

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Not only that, if it had been you this article would've repeated the fact that you're a foreigner over and over and over and .

This is about Japan, so when they are talking about people in general it's assumed they are Japanese. I believe that there is probably large percentage of people who find it important to know the ethnicity/gender of people so that they can make their judgements.

For me, I find it a bit disheartening to hear about young people commiting crime, but I guess that it does fit in with the stereotypes.

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No he will probably go to juvi for three to six months since he is a suspect of multiple crimes similar to this.

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ensei258OCT. 12, 2015 - 07:42AM JST

A little bowing and reparation from the parents, and this kid will walk.

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@sense I wrote Japanese custom. You wrotr something that is not Japanese custom of famiy not police

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@sensei258OCT. 12, 2015 - 07:42AM JST A little bowing and reparation from the parents, and this kid will walk. But if I did that, I'd do hard time and then get deported.

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You are not writing about Japan

In Japan, police arrest people with custom of Guilty until Proven Innocent. And police brutality is not questioned,

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@toshiko - I'm not writing about Japan? I'm in Japan, reading Japan Today's story about a kid in Japan who stole money from an old Japanese woman, and discussing what Japanese do with Japanese youths under 20 when they commit crimes in Japan. So I don't why you said that.

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can one go any lower than this? parents need to step up to the plate and government needs to allow parents to discipline their kids. ..... like back in the old days when I was young. I would have gotten the belt for a week and my dad wouldn't be sued and I would be removed from my parents. I now president a company.

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