Police in Tokyo said Saturday they have arrested a 23-year-old man on suspicion of stealing a garbage truck in July.
According to police, Shunsuke Honma has admitted to the charge and quoted him as saying he was drunk and couldn’t be bothered to go home on a crowded subway train, Fuji TV reported. He also said he didn’t have enough money for a taxi.
Police said the incident occurred just before 8 a.m. on the morning of July 28 in Roppongi, Minato Ward. Honma, who lives in Edogawa Ward and works in a Roppongi bar, told police he was drinking up until around 6 a.m.
Rather than try to get on the subway during rush hour, he spotted a parked garbage truck. The driver was behind the truck as garbage was being loaded. Honma got in and drove for about three kilometers to JR Shimbashi Station where he abandoned the truck.
Before he stole the truck, Honma was seen on street surveillance camera footage trying to open the doors of cars in a parking lot. He also asked the driver of another garbage truck if he could give him a lift as far as Kachidoki in Chuo Ward.
Police said Honma, who does not have a driver’s license, was charged with violation of the Road Traffic Law.© Japan Today