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Man arrested for stealing ex-colleague’s underwear after making spare key to enter her residence

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Police in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, have arrested a 38-year-old man on suspicion of stealing 21 underwear items from the apartment of a woman with whom he used to work in 2019. 

According to police, Noriaki Horage has admitted to the charge and told police he made a spare key to the woman’s apartment without her knowing about it, Sankei Shimbun reported. The woman, who is in her 50s, used to work with Horage at a manufacturer and distributor of machine components. 

Police said Horage secretly took a photo of his coworker’s key and used the serial number to make a spare key. Furthermore, he managed to obtain her address from the company directory. 

Police quoted Homage as saying: “I became obsessed with her and I wanted to have some of her underwear.”

Horage is also accused of stealing the woman’s insurance certificate to retrieve personal information and impersonated her by creating a personalized insurance web page.

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Police said Horage secretly took a photo of his coworker’s key and used the serial number to make a spare key.

What locksmith in his right mind would make a copy of a key just from a photo?????

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Ah yes, another part of the Japanese honorable culture. stealing women's underwear.

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I definitely definitely definitely don't understand wanting a FIFTY-year-old woman's underwear. 

You'll mature one day! I don't particularly have a fetish for underwear, bur what's wrong with a fifty year old woman?

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Why not buying underwear at a store and then wank at home with some good old fashioned internet porn? He went through a lot for stealing those undies. Hope he doesn't just get slap on the wrist.

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What does he do with her underwear? Make a face mask?

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Reckless

What does he do with her underwear? Make a face mask?

You are joking, but looking at the level of weirdness here, I would not rule that out.

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Police said Horage secretly took a photo of his coworker’s key and used the serial number to make a spare key. 

I have no idea how this is done, but this is unsettling to know. All I know is having a pic of a key and a digital printer can get you access to places.

Police quoted Homage as saying: “I became obsessed with her and I wanted to have some of her underwear.”

Again with the undies. I really don't get Japan with its fetishes. We have someone who collects work boots, bicycle seats, female shoes, school uniform, and underwear, what's next? At this point, I'm no longer surprised.

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Wow, a special brand of passive aggression; the calculating perv...

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Police in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, have arrested a 38-year-old man on suspicion of stealing 21 underwear items from the apartment of a woman with whom he used to work in 2019. 

What about the entering into the apartment? No charges for that?

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Do women have this fetish about men's sweaty jockstraps?

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Another day, another creepo.

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Not to unfairly correlate a fetish with a culture or people but there seems to be an obsession with body fluids, used garments and smells/odors?

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She really must be someone special to go to the lengths he did to copy her key, steal her underwear and make a personalized insurance webpage about her.

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What locksmith in his right mind would make a copy of a key just from a photo?????

I don't think any old locksmith would be able to cut a key without an original. I think the actual key manufacturer keeps records of the cut of each particular key through its individual serial number and you can just request for a newly cut key by using that number. I think the problem is is how easily this guy did that without any authorisation.

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Just no.

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Just an observation: That Olympic village will be ‘ripe with opportunity’ for such fetishism in the coming weeks for such thieves IF there are ANY possible flaws in security and containment.

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Well if those are from Victoria secret

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Filthy habit.

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What are they translating as “insurance certificate”.

her health insurance card?

her mainambah card?

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For special mention because the instant mental image is priceless:

What does he do with her underwear? Make a face mask?

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Ok, yeah, not to trivialize this, but this is genuinely one of those “only in Japan” headlines.

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I love watching the weirdness come out in a culture where so little really evil happens that stories like this can actually make press whereas in my country such a story would be buried by so much seriously evil BEHAVIOR happening daily that a story like this would never even make it to a news outlet and would just be a joke around the police station. You go, Japan!

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This guy needs a psychiatric evaluation. Something is wrong within his brain, not normal behavior.

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She was 50?? And he was 38??

You have an age advantage sir. Ask her out. I'm sure she will say yes. Options at the age of 50 are limited for women.

Why focus on the underwear if you can have the original source of the good stuff by dating her and having a relationship.

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I'm not condoning this panty raid but coming from a big country that has very serious gun related issues, I'm surprised this got the headlines.

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You can make a copy of a key from the number on it I learnt recently.

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Ha ha, why such a crime and copy the key and steal the underwear? Make it just more official and nothing happens to you. I (and you all probably too) know of a famous president who simply married the similar target. He’s famous, celebrated and has everyday access to such underwear. lol

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I suppose, she must have been really hot... (in his mind),

but for some reason it did not end well...

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It's incredible. The whole world with a spare key would steal money and valuables ... but wait! here we are in Japan ... I can't imagine all the work to make those keys.

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Since Moddy made an honest mistake and deleted it:

"This story is heavily reminiscent of the WaiWai stories that used to run in the Mainichi Daily News so many years ago."

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zichiJuly 22  12:36 pm JST

You can make a copy of a key from the number on it I learnt recently.

Mechanical key duplication is easy. I've done it on the job myself.

Darius BlackJuly 22  06:35 am JST

Ah yes, another part of the Japanese honorable culture. stealing women's underwear.

Does 'Arnold Layne' ring a bell?

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Police quoted Homage as saying: “I became obsessed with her and I wanted to have some of her underwear.”

Okay, but 21 underwear items?!?

Horage is also accused of stealing the woman’s insurance certificate to retrieve personal information and impersonated her by creating a personalized insurance web page.

I suspect this was his overall intent. By confessing to the theft, even if he really had some weird fetish, is lesser of a crime than the later.

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LOL. He obviously like older women.

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Why do all this when you can only say I LOVE YOU or something close to it, unless you are a creep.

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What went wrong with this country and it’s society...

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Waw, that's quiet a obsession considering she was in her 50's. She might have really made a impact on him during her time as a worker there for him to go through so much trouble just to get her panties. Usually this happen when a person is mistreated their whole life and suddenly someone kind come along and cause this kind of obsession. Becaue the person who is bully would start to miss the kindness given to him by that person. Well, at least this happen once with someone i knew.

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I love watching the weirdness come out in a culture where so little really evil happens that stories like this can actually make press...

No, a story as messed-up as this would make the press in any country. The fact that it does so in Japan says something about society here.

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I definitely don't understand that fetish. I definitely definitely definitely don't understand wanting a FIFTY-year-old woman's underwear. He needs some serious help.

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> Captain ObviousToday 10:56 am JST

I definitely definitely definitely don't understand wanting a FIFTY-year-old woman's underwear.

> You'll mature one day! I don't particularly have a fetish for underwear, bur what's wrong with a fifty year old woman?

You're joking, right? Her age is what's wrong. Halve it and then we can talk! I won't down vote you though because somebody has to want them!

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Waw, that's quiet a obsession considering she was in her 50's. 

This comment has pedophilic undertones that you may not have intended or be aware of.

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