The police juvenile crime division in Tokyo arrested eight youths Tuesday for stealing nine cartons of cigarettes from a 24-hour supermarket in Shinagawa.
According to police, the suspects are third-grade junior high school students from Shinagawa and Ota who often hang around together at night. During questioning, none of the teenagers denied the charges and the majority of them were quietly reflective about their crime, according to police.
However, a few of the accused were less repentant with one quoted as saying: "I'll stop shoplifting but I don't think I can stop smoking," while another said: "I didn't think I'd get arrested for shoplifting."
The youths have been charged with entering the basement food section of a store in Minami Ota at 2:45 a.m. Upon noticing the key had been left in the tobacco cabinet, they attempted to make off with 9 cartons of cigarettes worth a total of 27,000 yen.
According to the juvenile crime division, at the time of the incident, there were no staff in the basement but the group were caught on security cameras. Police are continuing to look into the claims of one of the teenagers who said, "I've stolen plenty of things besides cigarettes."© News reports