A man arrested on Nov 28 by Osaka prefectural police says he never worked and lived off stolen money.
Kiyomasa Shimabukuro, 65, is currently charged with one theft. On the night of July 14, he allegedly broke into a beauty salon in Shinsaibashi, Osaka. He is believed to have robbed the business of goods and 53,000 yen cash. He is currently on trial for the burglary.
However, police are linking Shimabukuro to 82 other thefts of offices and salons totaling 10.6 million yen, which occurred from April of 2010 to September of this year. The suspect’s city of residence is unknown and given his reported confession he may be responsible for considerably more robberies.
When the news broke, Internet commenters were impressed. One said: “65 years and never caught. Even Lupin got caught every once in a while.” Others suggested he spend the rest of his golden years doing crime prevention consultation.
And of course, the coincidence wasn’t lost on people that the suspect was arrested at exactly the standard age of retirement in Japan. It also leads to the bitter reality that if found guilty, he will cease to live off the hard work of others by stealing and begin officially living off their tax money instead. Not a bad retirement package for that kind of career.
Source: Yomiuri Online
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