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Ehime prison escapee suspected of at least 6 thefts


An inmate who escaped from an open-type prison in Imabari, Ehime Prefecture, on Sunday night, is believed to be hiding out in Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture, after a string of thefts was reported in the area.

Police suspect that the 27-year-old fugitive, Tatsuma Hirao, may be responsible for six cases of theft—ranging from money to goods from homes and vehicles in Mukaishima, near Onomichi, since his escape, Fuji TV reported.

Hirao escaped from Matsuyama Prison's Oi shipyard -- a rare open-type prison facility in Japan -- at around 6:10 p.m. on Sunday and apparently stole a car and cash from a home about a kilometer from the prison. The car was found abandoned near a bridge in Onomichi.

Hirao began serving his term at the shipyard last December, one of Japan's four prison facilities without perimeter walls.

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Build that wall...

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@expat: I agree with your philosophy

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I guess, showing no attempts at reconciliation and reuniting with the society as a proper human being, he should be put in a normal prison then. That is, if the thefts are actually his doing.

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I stick with mytheory that he busted out to clear his name from a wrongful conviction. A man's gotta do what a man's gotta do...

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This is not a second rate criminal drama film, stay reasonable.

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What was he "in" for?, What is he capable of?

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Looks like he was not the appropriate candidate for an open prison; unreconstructed recidivist.

Back to normal pokey for you my lad with added time!

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may be responsible for six cases of theft

Make it 7 cases because he also stole the news headlines!

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What I want from each and every one of you is a hard-target search of every gas station, residence, warehouse, farmhouse, henhouse, outhouse and doghouse in that area. Checkpoints go up at fifteen miles. Your fugitive's name is Tatsuma Hirao.

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Trapped, a dredge around the J news produced this.

It does provide background. I do not know how reliable the following site is, so take it or leave it.


罪状は窃盗。 福岡県の理髪店など、閉店後の店舗に侵入し金銭を窃盗。



Essentially he was arrested in 2013 for theft. He sneaked into shops such as a barber's after closing hours in order to steal money. In Fukuoka, Saga, Kumamoto etc., he cracked safes, broke into cars etc., over 120 times. The total stolen was recorded as 4 million JPY.

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