Police have arrested a 52-year-old man on suspicion of a series of robberies which include one in which he allegedly stole cash and other items from the home of former Air Self-Defense Force Chief of Staff Toshio Tamogami.
The accused was identified as Shingo Takahata, an unemployed man of no fixed abode, police said Saturday. He has been charged with breaking a window and illegally entering Tamogami's apartment on Jan 23 this year, before stealing around 300,000 yen in cash and 40 valuable items including jewelry worth around 3.7 million yen.
Takahata was eventually arrested for breaking and entering on April 28 when he illegally entered an apartment and was subdued by the inhabitants until the police arrived. Takahata was quoted by police as saying: "I needed money to send to my wife and children in Okinawa."
He subsequently confessed to a string of around 100 robberies between July 2009 and April 2011 in Tokyo, Kanagawa, Osaka and throughout Hyogo Prefecture. The total amount Takahata claims to have stolen is around 50 million yen.© Compiled from news reports