Head patrol officer held after absconding with firearm, Y3 mil in cash


Police have revealed further details in the case of a head patrol officer who went absent without leave from his post in Tokyo.

According to the Tokyo metropolitan police, 24-year-old Hidemasa Kobayashi, a head patrol officer based at a police station in Ayase, Tokyo, absconded on the evening of Oct 15 while still in possession of his firearm.

A nationwide search was launched and Kobayashi was spotted and arrested in Tochigi three days later.

According to Fuji TV, police investigating his movements before his disappearance have revealed that Kobayashi withdrew three million yen in cash from his bank account in several small transactions in the days leading up to his disappearance.

Kobayashi reportedly had two million yen on his person at the time of his arrest. Police say they do not know how Kobayashi used the one million yen which is unaccounted for, but that they now believe his flight to have been carefully planned.

An investigation is underway into his movements during the days for which he was absent and into his motives for abandoning his post.

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Which of the three popular male hobbies will it be「飲む、打つ、買う」drinking, gambling or women. Maybe all three.

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The headline is a bit misleading because he was found and caught.

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He sure mustn't have planned his disappearance so careful so as to get caught only 3 days later. He could have been on a beach by now in Grand Cayman if he had fled the country on the first day!

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For a country that supposedly places a lot on honesty and devotion to duty, Japan has a real problem with its police officers.

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i guess sometimes people forget that Japan is a small island and soon or later they will get caught. If you planning something include a same day flight overseas.

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Why was he arrested? lol Is awal in police crime now days?

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if it was "carefully planned," how did he get caught so quickly? sounds more like poorly planned and executed.

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"For a country that supposedly places a lot on honesty and devotion to duty, Japan has a real problem with its police officers" i seen one with his headphone on goovin to his music in uniform, and another time, 2 were playin catch with a ball in uniform near their cop car...

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I take it that if he had left his gun behind he would not have been subject to arrest?

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They want to know how he spent one million yen, (10,000 USD) of his own money?!?!

Are Police as a rule considered too poor to be able to save such money? Is the suggestion that his money was somehow ill-gotten gains?

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Ah, the J-cops!

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How does one "abscond" with their own money, taken from their own bank account? And why is it the business of the police how he spent a third of it? Weird, but a typical circus stunt that the J-cops can use to make it look like they're actually working.

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Wow what a waste of time and money, but because it is easy and involves a power trip the police will do it, just fire the guy and move on, what is there to investigate?

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So the crime was not showing for work?

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The header suggests he stole the money, but he didn't at all. It also suggests his focus was on the firearm, but that isn't clear at all. He probably didn't want to return it to the station, and didn't want to dump it. What is the crime here?

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Kudos for a strict gun-control ethic!

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For those missing the point, his crime was taking the gun. He's only allowed to carry it while at work. What he did was pretty serious.

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3 million yen seems like a lot of savings, considering he's only 24.

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Its amazing that Japanese police can catch there own in a matter of days, but spend years finding some on the run for murder that escaped only wearing underwear while his apartment was surrounded. (smile).

The patrolman was probably contemplating suicide with his gun.

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The patrolman was probably contemplating suicide with his gun.

Ehhh... no. Not unless he's one of those people who thinks they can take their 3 Million yen with them when they die.

I have to agree with wontond. Having 3,000,000 yen in his bank account at age 24 is going to be suspicious unless he had the bulk of that money in the account prior to working for the police. Police are probably looking into a possible graft situation with this officer.

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As the good ol Queen tune goes....Another one Bites the Dust....

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