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Ex-police officer arrested for robbing convenience store in Yamagata Pref

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Police in Kahoku, Yamagata Prefecture, have arrested a 61-year-old ex-police officer on suspicion of robbing a convenience store. The suspect, Seiji Takahashi, who lives in Higashine City, Yamagata Prefecture, formerly was a police officer in Saitama Prefecture, Sankei Shimbun reported.

According to police, Takahashi, a resident of Higashine City, entered a 7-Eleven store at around 4 a.m. on March 16. He threatened an employee with a knife and demanded cash. He then fled with 80,000 yen. Police said Takahashi was arrested on Tuesday after an analysis of store surveillance camera footage.

Takahashi’s 86-year-old mother told local media that her son returned to live at his childhood home in Higashine about eight years ago. Since moving back in with his parents, he has been changing jobs. As of Feb 1, Takashi had been unemployed and unable to find work, she said.

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playing cops and robbers ?

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Not a bright ex cop, unless he meant to get caught. I wonder if was the clerk on duty and slugged with a can of unopened cokes in a pillow case would it be a case of self defense vs protecting the store? Does anyone know?

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Only in Japan can go to police officer to store robbery in retirement, that what working extra hours does to you.

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I think this speaks more to the issue that retirement benefits really are not enough. They shouldn't have to go this far to live.

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I'm just surprised that he didn't claim he was drunk and didn't remember.

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Not very smart for a former cop. Did he really think he'd get away with this? Big dummy.

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He threatened an employee with a knife and demanded cash

Sound like he knew very well what he was doing. I guess law abiding went out the window for him....

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I'm just surprised that he didn't claim he was drunk and didn't remember.

I was remember and didn't drunk.

Wait.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

I guess some Japanese are in ‘dire straits’ -mental illness or a victim of Abenomics?

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Brilliant caper. No wonder he isn't a cop anymore.

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Why, if he was a cop, does he not have a pension? Invalid CSRF

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