Man arrested for stealing antique jeans worth over ¥150,000


A 22-year-old man from Toyonaka City, Osaka Prefecture, has been arrested for allegedly stealing a pair of jeans worth 159,840 yen from a secondhand clothing store in neighboring Osaka City.

The part-time worker was apparently looking to make one big heist in terms of shoplifting clothes and went for the granddaddy of them all: a pair of imported jeans from the 1930s still in very good condition. On top of that, these jeans are said to be the only ones of their kind in Japan. Truly these were the Maltese Falcon of jeans.

Exactly how the suspect allegedly bypassed the sophisticated laser security system that we presume guarded the coveted jeans is unclear, but they were successfully wrangled somehow on the afternoon of Feb 14.

The suspect is believed to have taken his blue booty to another secondhand shop in a different part of town in an attempt to sell them. Now this is where his plan ran into a fatal flaw. The problem with trying to sell stolen one-of-a-kind goods is that they are one of a kind and therefore very easy to trace.

In fact, without even trying, the shop staff had stumbled on the truth. At a loss to know how much money to give the man for these very rare pants, they consulted the internet. Online they could only find one store in Japan that had the pants and called them up to ask what a good price to offer would be.

However, the victimized store informed them that those were the only pants in Japan and had very recently been stolen from there. The shopkeeper then called police and stalled the “customer” by telling him that it was especially difficult to appraise the jeans and it would take more time.

The authorities arrived soon after and made the arrest. The suspect is said to have admitted to the crime saying he had planned to resell them for a quick profit. 

Source: Yomiuri Online

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No pair of jeans is worth 159,840 yen unless James Dean wore them in a movie.

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Lev is jeans alone.

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i thought liberals here will blame it on trump or russia... oh well

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The court case could be a bit of a wrangler.

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The owner should sue the pants off that guy.

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The only crime here is that a pair of jeans is worth 150,000 yen.

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If high class celebrity wears that even for a fit, the price goes even higher.

But if normal people like u wears just for fitting, the price goes down

Then it'd go on sale, people flock and that's when u make a profit.

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I'm loving the puns! Appreciate the morning laughs.

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valued at 159000 yen, not worth that much unless you are the one who bought them

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If the jeans were unwashed and belonged to a high school girl in the 1930s, I reckon they’d fetch a lot more than that here in Japan!

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Gee Star shoplifter I would say.

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These jeans are priced at 159,840 yen but in all honesty they are only worth what a person is will to pay. This guy ruined his future over an old pair of jeans, Way to go smart guy.

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