Police in Joso, Ibaraki Prefecture, have arrested two men on suspicion of stealing tires from cars submerged by flood waters last month.
The suspects, Koji Sakairi, an unemployed 40-year-old man, and his 19-year-old nephew, were arrested in their pickup truck in Joso's Misakamachi district at around 12:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Fuji TV reported Thursday.
Police said there were two tires and a crowbar in the back of the truck. Sakairi was quoted by police as saying he and his nephew stole the tires from submerged vehicles.
Since the area suffered devastating floods in September forcing thousands of people to evacuate from their homes police said there have been numerous reports of cash and auto parts stolen from abandoned residences.© Japan Today