Police in Kashihara, Nara Prefecture, have arrested an 18-year-old youth on suspicion of shoplifting comic books and figurines from a second-hand shop to get money to pay for bowling.
According to police, the suspect, who cannot be named because he is a minor, works as a plumber, Sankei Shimbun reported. He is accused of stealing two action figures and 10 comic books in the popular animated series “One Piece” (worth about 18,760 yen) at around 3:15 p.m. on Tuesday from a second-hand shop in Kashihara.
Police said a security alarm went off in the store when the suspect attempted to exit the premises. When a male employee approached him, he fled with a bag containing the stolen items.
Police later found the suspect at a nearby amusement facility. He was identified from store surveillance camera footage.
Police said the youth told them he and a friend were bowling on Tuesday afternoon when they ran out of money. He was quoted as saying “I wanted to exchange the shoplifted items for money to pay for the bowling.”© Japan Today