Tokyo metropolitan police have arrested a man suspected of snatching purses from women by coming up behind them on a motorbike. Hironobu Watanabe, 40, is suspected to carrying out at least 30 such thefts, police said.
According to police, in September, Watanabe -- riding a white motorbike -- approached a 64-year-old woman on a bicycle in Tokyo's Adachi Ward, Sankei Shimbun reported. Watanabe then snatched the bicycle’s basket containing the woman’s purse and other personal belongings.
Police said street surveillance camera footage showed Watanabe taking the contents out of the stolen bicycle basket, dropping it and then fleeing the scene.
Since May of this year, about 30 similar purse-snatching incidents have been reported one after another in Tokyo, Chiba and Saitama Prefecture, in which the culprit was described as a man riding a white motorbike.
Watanabe has hinted at his involvement in the thefts and said he got rid of bags and purses by throwing them in the Kanda River.© Japan Today