A 28-year-old unemployed man was arrested for theft on Sunday, after he allegedly stole roughly 4,000 yen worth of goods from a supermarket in Akashi City, and had his 9-year-old nephew steal some items as well.
Police said Yoshihiko Mimura entered the supermarket with his nephew at around 1.30 p.m. and is accused of putting shampoo, detergent and 12 other items worth about 4,000 yen into a backpack he brought into the store, before walking out of the supermarket without paying.
A security guard noticed Mimura hadn’t paid and approached him outside the store, and also found meat and vegetables worth 760 yen in the boy’s backpack. The boy said his uncle told him to steal some meat, and Mimura has admitted to stealing as well as making his nephew steal.
A similar case was reported in nearby Kakogawa City on Sept 4, in which a man had his 11-year-old son steal some rice and juice, and told police that he thought an elementary school student would not be detained for theft.© News reports