A 52-year-old unemployed man has been arrested for theft, accused of stealing a ceramic ornament from a home in Toyohashi City, police said Friday.
Osamu Kimura is accused of attempting to steal a ceramic “tanuki” raccoon dog from the home at around 11 p.m. Wednesday night. The 41-year-old male homeowner noticed Kimura in the garden holding a ceramic garden frog, and apprehended him after seeing the “tanuki” – measuring about 70 centimeters tall and worth approximately 10,000 yen - in the front basket of Kimura’s bicycle parked on the street.
Police searched Kimura’s home on Thursday and found 15 ceramic “tanuki” raccoon dogs in addition to ceramic dogs and frogs, seizing about 30 items in total.
Kimura told police that he was lonely living by himself since his father and brother had passed away. He said he had been stealing animal ornaments for about a year, and used to talk to them.© News reports