Hyogo man arrested for stealing 13 tiny fish valued at ¥52,000

By SoraNews24

Hyogo Prefectural Police on Thursday arrested a 57-year-old Tatsuno City resident for stealing 13 fish from a local dealer. Upon hearing this news, you might be thinking “Oh great! That awful man you reported about two weeks ago was finally caught.”

Sadly, no. This is actually a completely different theft that occurred nearly 500 kilometers away from the one we previously reported on. The only similarity was the target: Japanese rice fish, commonly called medaka in Japan.

These fish are said to be easy to care for and breed, making them popular pets. As such, people all over Japan get into selling them, although many don’t take it terribly seriously by the looks of things. A good number of medaka dealers in rural areas just leave them out in the open and rely on the honor system when it comes to payment.

▼ There’s a whole YouTube channel that goes all over the country and chronicles these unmanned roadside fish stands and the many different ways they operate.

For the most part, the medaka for sale at these stands usually go for 500 to 1,000 yen a bucket, but the fish at the victimized stand were of the rinka variety, a breed known for their shiny heads which can fetch a relatively high price of 4,000 yen each.

The suspect, Kazuhiko Mitsuoka, is accused of plucking 13 rinka medaka from an unmanned stand at approximately 10 a.m. on March 30. The owner noticed the missing animals and reported it to police, who used security camera footage to track down Mitsuoka and arrest him.

Authorities seized two aquariums containing the 13 medaka, valued at 52,000 yen. Some fish are believed to have been injured, but the tank they were held in was so covered in algae that it was difficult to examine them properly.

Mitsuoka reportedly admitted to the crime while in custody, bringing this case to a close.

At the risk of making a nautical pun, it appears that Japan is experiencing a wave of these tiny fish thefts. Hopefully, law enforcement can keep making examples out of these small-fry crooks and protect the time-honored tradition of leaving valuable goods unattended and out in the open.

Sources: Asahi Shimbun Digital,  Kobe Shimbun Next

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Sounds fishy

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Hyogo man arrested for stealing 13 tiny fish valued at ¥52,000

medaka from an unmanned stand at approximately 10 a.m

If those fish have value that much please manned that stand or use vending machine. Don't use taxpayer money to catch and process thief that given opportunity to do that easily.

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Wow! This is where we live. Major crime. Told the wife we might have to move to another place. When we walk about we often find an unmanned veg table or stand. Just leave the money in a box. Never seen one of these fish stands.

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Japanese justice always ‘swift and true’: admit, show remorse, pay restitution, rejoin society, ‘case closed’.

“Mitsuoka reportedly admitted to the crime while in custody, bringing this case to a close.”

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Actually, waited all day for more puns like @Lamilily 9:53a:

-“Sounds fishy’” -

Even the writer ventured their own:

“Japan is experiencing a wave of these tiny fish thefts” and “small-fry” crooks -

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Should have swallowed the evidence...

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