Police in Tokyo have arrested a 53-year-old man on suspicion of stealing a 250,000 yen bike parked near JR Ikebukuro Station in March 2015, and then selling it on an online auction site.
According to police, Tsutomu Maeda allegedly replaced some parts of the bike before the auction so it would not be identified as a stolen one. However, the bike owner remembered a characteristic scratch on the frame of his bike, which led him to spot it on the bike being auctioned online and report to the police, Fuji TV reported.
Police said that Maeda has admitted to the charge and quoted him as saying, “I stole the bike and sold it on the online auction because I wanted money.”
Police suspect that Maeda had been repeatedly stealing expensive bikes to sell on online auctions.© Japan Today