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Man steals taxi; switches to another cab, then flees without paying fare

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Police in Tokyo are looking for a man in his 30s who stole one taxi, abandoned it and then got into another taxi and fled from it without paying.

According to police, the man was in a taxi in Aoyama, Minato Ward, at around 5 a.m. Monday, when he smashed the taxi’s tablet computer, Sankei Shimbun reported. The startled driver stopped the taxi and got out to call police. When he did so, the man got into the driver’s seat and drove away.

The man abandoned the taxi in Shinjuku and got into another taxi in the Kabukicho red-light district. He then ordered the taxi driver to stop soon after and jumped out without paying.

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According to police, the man was in a taxi in Aoyama, Minato Ward, at around 5 a.m. Monday

Going big on a Monday during a SoE, pinching a taxi, abandoning it then doing a Dexys from another in Kabukicho.

He gets a few points for style at least.

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"Aoyama, Minato Ward" they say has those new HD AI rotary zoom real time, tracking surveillance cameras

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I'm pretty sure this was from Grand Theft Auto the video game. Someone is just remembering fiction as facts.

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I am surprised that the taxis don't have on board CCTV cameras just in case you get a situation just like this.

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@Brian: They do, but easy to break off and steal it with your departure, unless it sends the images to the cloud....WHooooooa...the cloud. I am scared. Hat, glasses, face mask. Should be easy to figure out who it is.

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Grand theft auto...Japan edition!

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This guy sounds like he was just bored and needed some excitement.

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Very comical incident. I can't help laughing; nonetheless, hope police catch him ASAP.

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he dropped his wallet in the cab. Cops will be there in 5.

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It’s probably the usual standard suspect, man , in his 30s, 165 to 180 cm tall, black clothes. Easy to find for everyone....lol

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The fare from hell. Wait. He didn't pay. How unfare can you get?

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He went for a joy ride!!

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Ride sharing...

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Grand Theft Auto: Tokyo!

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Once caught, I can hear it already : "I was drunk and can't remember!"

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Brian Wheway

I am surprised that the taxis don't have on board CCTV cameras just in case you get a situation just like this.

They don't? Then where does this footage of taxi robberies etc. come from that we so often see on TV? Secret film on board?

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