On June 9, police in Futtsu, Chiba Prefecture, arrested Hirokazu Honma, a 37-year-old construction worker, on suspicion of burglary. The score from his alleged caper? A bunch of collectible cards featuring the characters from anime franchise "Dragon Ball."
According to the authorities, sometime between 3:30 in the afternoon and 5 in the evening on June 6, Honma (a resident of Kisaratzu, two cities over) broke into the Futtsu home of a 38-year-old fisherman, where he pilfered some 300 cards which can be used with the "Dragon Ball Heroes" arcade game. The retail sale price for a bundle of cards that size would be roughly 16,000 yen, but their actual value was likely higher still, since the cards are dispensed at random and rare examples can fetch over 10,000 yen each.
Honma’s trial is still to come, but in the meantime, if you too have a stockpile of precious anime cards, let this incident serve as a reminder of the importance of keeping them hidden when you go out.
Source: Sankei News via Jin
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