Two men from Hiroshima have been arrested on suspicion of carrying out a series of thefts within the 20-km exclusion zone around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, police said Tuesday. The men, who called themselves second-hand dealers, have been identified as Ryoumi Tachikawa, 35, and Tetsuro Yorikuchi, 41. The pair were caught following a joint investigation that included officers from Hiroshima, Yamaguchi and Shimane prefectures.
According to a report on Fuji TV, the pair have confessed to targeting houses belonging to those living in shelters. On Aug 8, Tachikawa was arrested on suspicion of stealing 440 km of wire cabling from Sendai between late March and May 11. On April 8, the pair are also believed to have broken into the home of a 70-year-old man in Minamisoma, 18 km from the Fukushima Daiichi plant, and stolen a necklace and three rings worth around 40,000 yen.
Police say they have seized 69 items, including jewelry, valuables and commemorative coins from the Osaka pawnshop to which the pair sold the stolen necklace. Fuji TV quoted police as saying they believe there is a strong likelihood the pair stole the seized goods from Fukushima Prefecture.© Japan Today