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69-year-old serial wallet thief caught stealing again on Tokyo subway

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A 69-year-old serial wallet thief, who has 10 former arrests for stealing, was caught in the act once again after he snatched a woman’s wallet on the subway in Tokyo, police said.

The incident took place at around 9:20 a.m. on May 21 on a train on the Oedo subway line between Higashinakano and Nakai stations. Kazutoshi Yamaguchi, known to police by his nickname "Yama the Master Bagman," took the wallet, containing about 6,000 yen, from the bag of a 19-year-old student who was standing close to him, Sankei Shimbun reported. He was caught in the act by a policeman on patrol who arrested him after confirming that Yamaguchi put the stolen wallet in his vest.

This is Yamaguchi’s 11th arrest on charges of stealing, police said.

Yamaguchi has a walking disability and uses his right hand to carry a cane, police said, while using his left one to snatch wallets from bags.

Yamaguchi has pleaded guilty and was quoted by police as saying he saw the wallet in the bag and “couldn’t help himself.”

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known to police by his nickname "Yama the Master Bagman

Not much of a 'master' if he's been nicked eleven times.

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He did help himself - that was the problem.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

Of course he confessed because he knows not a damn thing will happen to him because nobody wants to put an old disabled guy in jail

10 ( +12 / -2 )

But if I did that once, I'd be arrested, jailed, then deported.

12 ( +13 / -1 )

Interesting--a Japanese suri with an English nickname!

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Whenever I'm in a crowded location, like a train station I always move my wallet to a secure place. It's not the money, that can be replaced. It's all the legal cards, like residence card, health insurance card, bank cards, credit cards, hospital cards.

Sounds like he's master of being caught and time to plan a new legal trade.

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The old boy ain’t right.

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did he name himself master? getting caught 11times, and I never ever see police patrolling stations.. did he wait till they see him on purpose?

I think its most likely, that 69years old, 11 times in the clink.. his chances of peaceful and warm retirement are much better in jail...

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@Michael Jackson

"Of course he confessed because he knows not a damn thing will happen to him because nobody wants to put an old disabled guy in jail

"But if I did that once, I'd be arrested, jailed, then deported."

Bingo!

That's the problem with Japan, they coddle these cancerous scum loitering leech's, so they can prey on their own society, again and again.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

"This is Yamaguchi’s 11th arrest on charges of stealing, police said."

Amazing...

4 ( +4 / -0 )

They have Special undercover cops at stations

3 ( +3 / -0 )

I agree with Alex. At this age, his best retirement option is probably prison. I doubt he's too upset at getting caught.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

So basically this is saying the slap on the wrist doing time and rehabilitation doesn't work... same with serial rapists

3 ( +4 / -1 )

So, nearly a dozen arrests and no jail time? I'm quite sure this low-life needs a few years in the Emperor's B & B to repent some of his life choices.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

But if I did that once, I'd be arrested, jailed, then deported.

And you would be ordered to pay exorbitant compensation to the victim.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

MJ

Maybe you would but they can't really deport a Japanese person, can they?

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He should qualify as a living national treasure.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

serial wallet thief ? Sounds like a political job description. :-/

2 ( +2 / -0 )

"wallet thief" = "pickpocket"

4 ( +4 / -0 )

I would change Master to Amateur in this case.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Master....at getting caught.

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Interesting--a Japanese suri with an English nickname!

“かばん師のヤマ” it wouldn't work in an English article would it?

https://www.sankei.com/affairs/news/180523/afr1805230015-n1.html

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