A 61-year-old ex-police officer, who is currently working for a local police box (koban) as an adviser, was arrested on Wednesday for shoplifting at a supermarket in Funabashi City, Chiba Prefecture. A 49-year-old female security guard suffered slight injuries to her arms and knees while she was trying to arrest him, police said.
Masayuki Ito was arrested for allegedly stealing some food products worth 2,400 yen at the supermarket around 5:50 p.m. According to police, the female security guard spotted him shoplifting and chased him after he exited the store without paying. Police said Ito fled on foot, leaving his car at the car park, after he assaulted her. He was arrested after his wife came to the car park to pick up the car.
Ito retired from the Metropolitan Police Department in March after a 40-year-long career. He has since been working as an adviser for a neighborhood police box.
Ito was quoted by police as saying, “I wanted to try shoplifting after I saw a TV program on the various ways that people shoplift.”© Japan Today