Police on Monday charged a 25-year-old man over the theft of around 200 fan letters to popular all-girl group AKB48.
According to Urawa police, Shinjuku Ward resident Kota Shibukawa stole a total of around 200 pieces of mail, including letters and mobile phone bills, bound for the 11 members of AKB48 between September 2008 and August of this year. He was quoted as saying: "I'm a huge AKB48 fan, and I wanted to collect anything of theirs I could."
Police say Shibukawa had submitted fake change of address forms for the members to a post office in Shinjuku last September, having the mail redirected to his home. On the forms, he filled in the reason for moving as "Because we moved in together." He found the girls' addresses by exchanging information with other fans he met at events.
Urawa police received a call in May from one AKB48 member reporting that her mail was no longer being delivered, leading them to Shibukawa.© Wire reports