Police in Tokyo are questioning an unemployed man of no fixed address over his involvement in at least 50 cases of theft involving cash taken from unlocked vehicles.
Police said Hiroyuki Kato, 41, has initially been charged with stealing a bag containing 40,000 yen from an unlocked refrigerated truck in a company parking lot last October, Fuji TV reported Monday.
The 51-year-old driver of the truck bumped into Kato who was riding a bicycle away from the truck. When he saw Kato with his bag, the driver gave chase and dragged Kato off the bike. Kato then ran off, leaving the bag behind.
Police said they traced Kato through his bike and street surveillance camera footage.
Police said they believe Kato may have carried out at least 50 similar thefts in the past four years. Kato has refused to say anything until he speaks with a lawyer.© Japan Today