Police on Tuesday said they have arrested a 24-year-old man and his 17-year-old girlfriend on charges of pickpocketing at game arcades. Police said the couple are suspected of lifting purses and wallets from at least 150 people since last November.
According to police, the man, identified as Junya Kanemaru, met the girl who is a runaway, on an Internet site last November. NTV reported that Kanemaru, who is unemployed, and the girl were caught in the act at an arcade in Tokyo's Akihabara district on Jan 9. They had stolen a wallet containing 50,000 yen from the bag of a 22-year-old woman who was absorbed in playing a game.
Kanemaru was quoted by police as saying they needed the money for living expenses and having fun. Police said they have confessed to pickpocketing at least 150 times. Police said they have been living in a hotel in Ikebukuro.© Japan Today