Police in Tokyo said a 35-year-old man who was arrested on July 27 on suspicion of robbing a home has admitted to burglarizing at least 30 residences since he was released from prison on July 4.
According to police, Ryuta Ooka, of no fixed address, broke into a two-story house in Hachioji at around 5:30 p.m. on July 27, Kyodo News reported. Police said Ooka pried open a first-floor window with a screwdriver to get in. He then went upstairs and searched a room where he found 50,000 yen in cash and some other personal belongings. As he was leaving the room, he bumped into a 62-year-old woman who lives in the house. Ooka fled from the house but was picked up by police about 10 minutes later.
Police quoted Ooka as saying he robbed two house the same day in Yamanashi Prefecture before coming to Hachioji. Ooka also admitted he had broken into at least 30 houses and stolen money and other valuables since his release from a prison in Akita Prefecture on July 4.
Police said that when Ooka was arrested, he had a rucksack containing 200,000 yen and 60,000 yen in his pockets, but he denied stealing the money.© Japan Today