Police have arrested a 45-year-old unemployed homeless man on suspicion of stealing a woman’s handbag in Arakawa Ward in May.
The suspect, Yu Someya, was quoted by police as saying he had stolen the handbag in the hope that he would obtain money to buy drugs, Sankei Shimbun reported Thursday.
Police said Someya rode his moped up behind the woman and grabbed her bag which contained 6,000 yen in cash.
In recent months, eight similar larceny cases involving a man on a moped have been reported in the area, with the perpetrator or perpetrators netting 8.2 million yen.
Police are questioning Someya about his involvement in those crimes.© Japan Today