A 52-year-old unemployed and homeless man was arrested Aug 5 in Sagamihara City after he was caught snatching a 58-year-old woman's shopping bag, police said Tuesday, adding that the man is suspected of being involved in more than 120 cases of theft.
In the Aug 5 incident, the man was riding a motorcycle. He allegedly came up behind the woman and grabbed her bag which contained about 60,000 yen in cash. According to police, the suspect, who was caught on surveillance camera footage, was identified as Ittoku Ikehata. He was quoted as telling police: "I lost my job and no temp work was coming through, so I figured purse-snatching would be easy."
Police are now investigating Ikehata's possible involvement in up to 120 cases of petty theft in the Tokyo and Kanagawa areas, with a total combined haul of 70 million yen.© News reports