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Hundreds of police search for escaped thief

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Hundreds of police? In my country you be lucky to get one on the case.

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Think like a criminal, it's like the police get their tactics from 90's action movies.

0 ( +5 / -5 )

But of overkill for a theif, no?

6 ( +13 / -7 )

I'm pretty sure he will try to go on one of those convini store to get some food or something.

-2 ( +5 / -7 )

But of overkill for a theif, no?

No. It's a prison break. If they cannot catch him, it will shake public confidence in the system.

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Comedy gold. When Mrs. Noakes and several of her colleagues were robbed a few years back Akasaka police station sent along one numpty who barely knew which end of his pencil to lick. One thief who targets barber shops (!) and does a bunk from a minimal security prison elicits this over-the-top response? What?

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Those glow sticks strike fear in hardened criminals. I would suggest that as someone who thinks outside the box would be allusive to those inside the box.

3 ( +7 / -4 )

So is he a thief (sneaking in and stealing stuff) or a robber (stealing face to face, usually with a weapon or threat of violence)? The latter is a lot more likely to be dangerous, but this story uses both. Having planned and executed an escape, he obviously has a lot more gumption than the average policeman here, so the hundreds-to-one ratio seems about right. Fortunately he chose an island, so at some point he'll turn up.

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Jeez, it must be so tough to remain anonymous in Japan. I mean, it's almost impossible to say, get hold of a surgical mask and a cap here. Plus, Japanese men look so dissimilar in their appearance; hair colors, body sizes are all so varied here...!

-2 ( +6 / -8 )

Man,five and a half years for theft when that perverted elementary school teacher only gets four years for interfering with several kids.....it beggars belief.

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Hundreds of Japanese police searched on Thursday for a convicted thief.

TV reports showed police visiting every home and searching empty houses and huts. Vehicles were stopped at checkpoints, causing rare traffic jams on the usually quiet island.

Police released Hirao's photo and asked for help finding him, while urging residents to be cautious and lock their homes and vehicles. Police also used drones and sniffer dogs.

As the search continued, residents have felt increasingly uneasy, and parents began escorting their children to school

.........and the punchline......

Hirao was arrested in 2013 after robbing barbershops. It wasn't clear why he targeted barbers.

What a waste of manpower, money and time for one person. A few dedicated police officers should have more than enough! They're making him out to be a lot worse than he actually is. Not saying he's a saint, but its a bit of an overkill for nothing. It's like burning down a house to get rid of a fly.

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They searched houses?

I was repeated robbed by the same person. Police came on several occasions and we knew who the person is and where she lives. They did all sorts of investigations of our house and property. We even had the local community leader present to help us. We know she did them, 100% sure. The police said that they can’t search her house. They have to get a search warrant from the prosecutor, if they accept the case, and may take a year, if accepted.

But police are searching all the houses?

-4 ( +3 / -7 )

Goodlucktoyou, read the article again. Police are visiting all houses, but searching only vacant or abandoned houses, of which there are many. I have a relative who lives on this island. Her car gets thoroughly searched at checkpoints, including the trunk, everywhere she goes. But the police have not been inside her home.

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Don't be so negative about the waste of manpower. At least they are out of their kobans and doing actual police work instead of giving directions and checking bicycle registrations.

You have to wonder about the use of these 'walk out' prisons considering how much it is costing the public to catch this joker.

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Am not sure why so many here are so upset about trying to catch an escaped criminal? Would it be better to just allow the convicted criminal to have escaped?

Am glad such a stupid course of action won’t be taken in this case and this criminal will be caught

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Even the most talented runners become weary. He will be exhausted soon!

6 ( +6 / -0 )

I highly doubt master thief will just drive up in one of those cars,,, as he appears to have some sense, he is hiding by day and moving by night. He could probably have easily bicycled or walked far away by now.

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What a waste of manpower, money and time for one person.

Every upon every crime or accident in Japan uses more manpower than what is actually needed. At least they are showing that they are working instead of fiddling their thumbs in the station.

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5 and half years for theft....people in this country serve less time for killing their children. So backwards!

-6 ( +2 / -8 )

What a waste of resources. The guy is just a thief not a convicted murderer

-5 ( +0 / -5 )

It’s only a waste if those resources are needed somewhere else.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

If the extra plods where drafted in from other non essential duties then fair enough. If they were called in from days off to help in the manhunt then many will claim various allowances including overtime at what rate...? Double bubble?

That then becomes a waste of resources.

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

This could go two ways, 1: if/when the J cops catch him, " look at us were so good and no criminal will escape from justice, so be warned" 2: he get away, Oh dear we have a lot of embarrassed police officers and officials as it make us look incompetent".

in the UK the police will turn out and do a road block in about 2 weeks time as they are a bit pushed for time and resources. this is what you get when the government reduce police offices by the hundreds, unlike japan who seam to have an abundance of officers, who most likely will catch him and chuck him back in prison, this time one with a big concrete wall around it, so is it worth all of the expense? yes, you have to keep the law abiding citizens safe.

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Some criminals have evaded the police for decades even beyond the statue of limitations for murder which was changed for that reason. Japan is a big country with many highly populated urban cities easy to disappear.

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I don't think even a fraction of this many police searched for the former SDF member who murdered his family; doing this for a mere thief seems overkill to me. I guess they've got to do something, but I'd start at finding out how he escaped so easily (guards probably left the door open, as police themselves often do).

-4 ( +0 / -4 )

To Catch a Thief?

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When will they catch him?

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He has done this before, and he hid out in the mountains during his time on the lam. This evening on the news they said that the police are starting to search the southern hilly part of the island. With just water to drink, he can last a week, they say, but then he will need something to eat.

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That picture looks a bit like a joke. You get stopped by 7 Policemen one after the other, in order to check if you've seen the Escaped person...

I would be surprised if whilst they're all lined up there, he's just nicked one of their unlocked white bicycles and is high tailing it off to the next barber shop.

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