A 23-year-old police officer in Komono, Mie Prefecture, has been arrested on suspicion of breaking into a house and stealing luxury watches valued at 10 million yen.
According to Mie prefectural police, Takuma Iwanaga, broke into the home of a male company executive between 9:20 and 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Fuji TV reported. He is accused of stealing high-end watches and other items.
Police said Iwanaga previously visited the victim’s house two years ago as part of an investigation into another crime.
He was off duty at the time of the theft on Tuesday. However, a man doing housing construction work at the house noticed a suspicious person roaming around and contacted the home owner's family.
Police said Iwanaga, who was identified through street surveillance camera footage, has admitted to the charge and quoted him as saying he was trying to pay off his debt and hinted that he may have burgled other homes.© Japan Today