A 25-year-old man has been arrested for theft in Iwakuni City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, after taking a new Lexus for a test drive from a dealership in Kurashiki City, two prefectures and 180 km away.
According to the police investigation, the suspect Shota Ishibashi wanted to visit his grandmother in Fukuoka, 422 km away. However, being unemployed he was unable to afford the trip. Then he got a brilliant idea and headed down to his local Toyota dealer on May 14.
At the showroom, Ishibashi inquired about buying a car when was presented with a questionnaire to fill out. He must have lied like a rug since Toyota dealers probably don’t make a habit of lending out 7,900,000 yen luxury cars to unemployed 25-year-olds.
In fact, they trusted him so much that a dealer didn’t even accompany him for the test drive they offered. They simply told him to “be back in 30 minutes.” When the car hadn’t been returned in the following two hours, the dealers figured something was up and called the cops.
The police then used the onboard GPS tracker to locate the car in a supermarket parking lot about half way between Kurashiki and Fukuoka. Authorities in the area promptly moved in and arrested Ishibashi for theft.
Source: Itai News
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