Police in Tokyo said Thursday they have arrested a 59-year-old unemployed man on suspicion of stealing approximately 50.2 million yen in cash from a residence in Utsunomiya, Tochigi Prefecture, while the occupant was away.
Police said Hitoshi Tozawa, who lives in Tokyo’s Adachi Ward, has denied the charge and claims to know nothing about the incident.
Tozawa is accused of breaking into the home of an 81-year-old woman between 10 and 11:30 a.m. on May 16. Police allege he made off with roughly 50.2 million yen in cash and one bag. The woman was out at the time.
Police said Tozawa managed to break a glass window beside the front door on the first floor of the two-story home. He then reached in and grabbed the front door key on a table and let himself in. He took the cash stored inside a closet on the first floor and stole the bag to place the money in.
A surveillance camera installed near the victim’s home showed Tozawa carrying the bag as he left the scene. The stolen cash and bag, however, have yet to be found, police said.© Japan Today