Police said Friday they have arrested an 81-year-old man for attempted theft after he tried to steal a purse from an elderly woman's handbag at Tokyo Station.
According to police, the suspect, identified as Shigekazu Shibagaki, has been arrested for pickpocketing more than 20 times and spent 46 years in prison for his numerous offenses, Fuji TV reported. Police said he currently has no fixed address and was released from prison in February.
In the latest incident, police said that Shibagaki, who they know as "Hiraba no Shige-san," put his hand into an 81-year-old woman's bag while she was shopping, but was caught in the act by station police.
He was quoted by police as saying he can't stop himself from pickpocketing, especially when he needs money and because he is too old to get a job, Fuji TV reported. When caught, he had 150,000 in cash on him.© Japan Today