Police in Tokyo have arrested a 43-year-old unemployed man on suspicion of theft after he snatched a woman’s shoulder bag containing cash and personal items last month.
Police said Nobuhide Sekimoto, of no fixed address, has admitted to the charge and quoted him as saying he needed money for living expenses and playing pachinko, Sankei Shimbun reported.
According to police, the incident occurred at around 9 a.m. on March 22 along a street in Edogawa Ward. Sekimoto, who was riding a moped, approached the 55-year-old woman pedestrian from behind and grabbed her shoulder bag containing about 35,000 yen in cash.
Police said Sekimoto was identified through an analysis of street surveillance camera footage.
There have been seven other purse-snatching cases targeting women in the same area and police are questioning Sekimoto about his involvement in those cases.© Japan Today