Police in Izumi, Osaka Prefecture, have arrested two high school students, aged 16 and 17, on suspicion of stealing an electric bicycle and then attempting to resell it on a flea market app.
According to police, the bike owner, a 39-year-old man who lives in Kishiwada City, saw his bike, which was stolen in early November and valued at 190,000 yen, listed on the app and pretended to be an interested buyer, Kyodo News reported. After exchanging messages with the suspects via the app, he notified police.
Police traced the bike to a housing complex in Izumi and staked out the building. The 17-year-old boy who lived in an apartment there was arrested Tuesday. The other boy was arrested later in the day.
Additionally, police said they found five other stolen electric bicycles at both boys’ homes.© Japan Today