Police have arrested a 43-year-old American man on suspicion of stealing a car with two children in the back seat from the parking lot of a convenience store in Ome, Tokyo, on June 15. Police suspect the man is part of a gang of thieves responsible for a number of car thefts in the Tokyo metropolitan area.
According to police, the two children — a girl aged 5 and her 2-year-old brother — were left in the car just after noon while the parents went into a convenience store to pick up a few items, leaving the key in the ignition, Fuji TV reported. The children’s father immediately called police and reported that their car had been stolen with the children inside.
The car was found just over 20 minutes later only two kilometers away from where it had been stolen with the children crying but unharmed.
Police quoted the suspect, identified as D Thompson, unemployed and of no fixed address, as saying that as soon as he noticed the children, he pulled the car over as soon as he could and fled the scene, Fuji TV reported
Meanwhile, police said they had arrested two other unemployed men as part of the car theft gang. Yasunari Fukuma, 45, and Takeshi Endo, 41, were charged with grand theft auto after it was discovered that they had stolen a display vehicle worth over 1.6 million yen from a dealership in August of last year.
Fuji TV quoted police as saying the two suspects were also responsible for a number of larceny cases in which they used a crowbars to break into restaurants and other establishments. In total, the two suspects stole well over 100 million yen from the stores during their raids.© Japan Today