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Man arrested over theft of 35 kgs of rice from supermarket

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Police in Tokyo said Sunday they have arrested a 27-year-old Vietnamese man on suspicion of stealing 35 kilograms of rice from a supermarket in January.

According to police, the suspect, who has pleaded not guilty, and another man entered a supermarket in Tokyo’s Adachi Ward in January, Sankei Shimbun reported. They placed seven five-kilogram bags of Koshihikari rice, worth about 15,000 yen, in a shopping trolley and took it outside to a car where an accomplice was waiting behind the wheel. They then went back into the store and took 11 bottles of whisky.

When a store employee spotted them leaving the store the second time, he called out to the pair who got into the waiting car which drove off.

Police said the car was identified through an analysis of surveillance camera footage. The same two men are suspected of stealing rice worth 800,000 yen from at least 17 supermarkets in Saitama and Chiba prefectures.

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Wow, talk about nerves.

8 ( +13 / -5 )

Throw the entire book plus a few more kilograms at them.

4 ( +10 / -6 )

Love how this article is completely focused on the 7 bags of rice and only mentions the 11 bottles of whiskey as almost an afterthought.

23 ( +25 / -2 )

How smart are you when you are back straight to the store for a second achievement ?

13 ( +16 / -3 )

Reading the headline I thought it was gonna be about a guy stealing rice to survive. Going back in to steal 8 bottles of whiskey... how dumb can you get?

10 ( +13 / -3 )

Japanese rice is the last thing I'd want from a supermarket.

3 ( +13 / -10 )

I didn't come here to be a social underclass doing jobs that the native population don't want to do. People treated as an underclass will become and act just as expected.

-3 ( +8 / -11 )

Come on everyone. We know they were here for training. Their check did not come through yet so they were hungry. The booze was to reduce the stress. Where did they get the car?

-5 ( +4 / -9 )

January 2021? This is mid October 2021.

2 ( +5 / -3 )

The nerve...what do they want..to eat?

2 ( +4 / -2 )

They will taint everyone else with the same brush. Probably a sign of how they were brought up. Lock them up and ship them out.

2 ( +6 / -4 )

Come on everyone. We know they were here for training. Their check did not come through yet so they were hungry. The booze was to reduce the stress. Where did they get the car?

Right point..... where did they get the car? Is the car theirs or borrowed or stolen.... each answer would lead to a different conclusion.

I didn't come here to be a social underclass doing jobs that the native population don't want to do. People treated as an underclass will become and act just as expected.

It may sound legit, but difficult to be legit. What exactly do you mean by 'underclass'. Please explain your thinking. And if one knows one would be treated as 'inequal' in a foreign land, then that person is taking a known risk of going to that foreign land, and should not 'feel bad' of being treated in that way, although it is wrong morally, ethically to treat anyone as 'different'.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

Another heinous crime thwarted!

0 ( +2 / -2 )

Stealing rice to feed a hungry family - yeah - I'd let it pass or even offer support, etc. Not everyone is as lucky as those of us who don't have to go hungry.

But going back for whisky afterwards... nope - throw the book at them. They aren't that hungry afterall and are only in for the money.

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By "underclass" I mean a group specifically brought to Japan under the pretext of "training" to do jobs that the native population do not want to do. Most are not bad people, they want to make some money and better themselves. But, resentment will grow and crime in this community will become a problem. Just look at the UK for an example.

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Pretty sure that they planned to sell the rice and booze.

4 ( +6 / -2 )

Apparently, it is their means of employ, as they have accumulated almost a million yen of rice - stealing from various supermarkets in other prefectures. It is a criminal activity. One may examine cultural, social and economic cause ad nauseum. Such behavior does not fit within Japanese social and cultural norms. It is anti-social and simply criminal. They are not living in a bandit society. From the known violations of existing law, in this particular case, prison and deportation would be an appropriate remedy.

5 ( +7 / -2 )

After a week in a Japanese prison all will wish they had taken there ill gotten gains back

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rice makes me sleepy and causes high blood sugar so i avoid it completely but my wife and inlaws can't go a day without it.... maybe the whiskey is better for my body.....

3 ( +8 / -5 )

Obviously not for personal consumption, must be part of a larger crime group.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Don’t be too harsh, VietNam is still a necessary strategic partner…lol

0 ( +2 / -2 )

Pretty sure that they planned to sell the rice and booze.

Absolutely. That they stole several nice, distributable, smaller bags of rice than the jumbo 30 kilo one really points in that direction.

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They placed seven five-kilogram bags of Koshihikari rice, worth about 15,000 yen, in a shopping trolley and took it outside

I do not get how this works. There is no checkout counter in that supermarket?

-3 ( +1 / -4 )

Stealing is something a lot of Vietnamese do in our town.

Our small town even made the news when a group of them were arrested for stealing pears and pigs from a couple of local farms.

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Soon they will be on flight home. ✈️

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Took 8 months Haha how lame

0 ( +0 / -0 )

35kgs of rice?! What was he, Superman?

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