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Man who 'fished' underwear from balcony arrested in Kobe

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Police in Kobe on Thursday arrested a man who allegedly used a fishing rod from his 3rd floor apartment balcony to steal underwear from the balcony of the apartment below.

According to police, Koji Higuchi, 54, who claims to be a newspaper deliveryman, was caught red-handed trying to reel in underwear belonging to the 21-year-old woman when her 26-year-old husband heard sounds coming from their balcony at about 12:30 a.m. The woman's husband grabbed the fishing line and then notified police.

Police said that Higuchi used a fishing line measuring 4.3 meters on the end of which was a multi-pointed tool that had been hand-made by tying four fishing hooks together with string. Higuchi lowered the line and the hook snagged a clothes hanger on which the woman's laundry was drying.

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It only gets more bizarre or hilarious.

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ok this is funny...u have to give him an A for creativity

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"on the end of which was a multi-pointed tool that had been hand-made by tying four fishing hooks together with string."

Invention, the mother of necessity!

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@meloveulongtime-Nice one! I agree LOL!

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Eww... I just don't understand. It seems like something you'd see in a sitcom or something, which makes me want to laugh, but... I'm sure it's not very funny for the woman who almost had her knickers stolen by the weirdo living above her. I would feel pretty violated, even though he didn't succeed. Gross. Someone said in another similar article recently-- don't they make vending machines for people like this??

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Funny, but may be he is just learning how to do fishing, but trap the crocodile.

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Give the man an award! :D

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this is to much.

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People do strange things for their fetishes. But this is the first time that I have heard about them using fishing line and hooks to get it.

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what bait was he using?

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Thats gotta be the best giggle I've had all week! Innovation.. 10 points. Fishing skills.. 0 points. Oh! what a laugh this sad b@stard is, he forgot his worm.

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I really want to hang out with Koji.

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@osakadaz,

Obviously he was using the master bait.

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Clearly a case of catch and release.

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What is the point getting women's underwears? Do you have similar people in foreign lands? There used to be shops before in Tokyo where they sold underwears of school girls which were not washed.

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bobbafett, I nearly fell out of my chair man! Master bait.. brilliant!

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"Koji Higuchi, 54, who claims to be a newspaper deliveryman"

Either he is or he isn't..right?

Anyway, thanks as always for posting these storys JT. I always get a laugh and I send them on to my family and friends back home and abroad.

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I'm sorry, but I fail to see anything remotely amusing about this. What exactly do these demented perverts do with the undies they steal? It is just sick! I hope this loon is institutionalized and receives the mental care he desperately needs.

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Kudos for the guys resourcefullness

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Good story! But with so many cases like this why do people hang their unmentionables outside still?

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This story reminds me of an episode of 'Shimura o daijoubu da' where a guy caught stealing panties and the cop leaves with em instead heh.

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The husband is lucky the fisherman panty swiper didn't give a big tug!

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This is just insane.... Why would someone steal clean panties???

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rofl This is hilarious. ... but seriously, lingerie can be darned expensive and who wants it back once it's been mangled by a hook? I sincerely hope that this guy gets a nasty scare and is made to pay for any damage he did, plus move out of that apartment (because who wants to see a guy everyday when you know he's lusting after your underwear).

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What is it with (alleged) newspaper deliverymen? Makes me reluctant to touch my paper.

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@bobbafett

what bait was he using?

Obviously he was using the master bait.

That just made me lol like an idiot and I'm getting funny looks now.

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I think I'll just go hide my "Gone fishing" sign...

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He should be let off just for his creativity! I like this guy for some odd reason.

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It really does baffle me how many perverts there are who want to steal panties. I mean, really... you have police jeopardizing their careers, and people being fined/thrown in jail for PANTIES!

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"the hook snagged a clothes hangar"

So he didn't actually steal anything. He could just say he was practicing using the fishing rod, and the hook, accidental-like, snagged the hangar. Dang hangars!

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It doesn't make much sense to steal clean underwear, does it? You could just as easily go buy some. Yeah, it isn't cheap, but it sure beats being arrested.

But don't go blaming the people who want to dry their laundry and figure that they're totally safe ON THE SECOND FLOOR. I think there's a reasonable expectation that no one will steal your laundry from the SECOND FLOOR.

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got to give him credit for being creative

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The husband is lucky the fisherman panty swiper didn't give a big tug!

I'm sure he DID give a big tug, hence the need for attempting to steal the panties....

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Definitely something fishy about this guy

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At first blush his fishing pole idea sounded original but then I realized I'd seen it a dozen times over the years in episodes of Bugs Bunny, Tom & Jerry, and maybe even the Pink Panther. I'll just call this old man the "Pink Underpanther".

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They sure got some wierdos thta go to jail for stupid shyt...

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The big question is will he apply for a panty snatcher hook patent?

Will you be able to buy one at Makeman and will it be in the fishing, tools or lingerie section?

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The big question is will he apply for a panty snatcher hook patent?

No, I'm sure sure there is prior art. C'mon!

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haha

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The big question is will he apply for a panty snatcher hook patent?

Lol. I am gonna register the panty hook with wireless cam for the customer who likes to peek, then snatch.

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It doesn't make much sense to steal clean underwear, does it? You could just as easily go buy some

Neither does it make sense to steal dirty underwear.

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Geez, he must have really been embarrassed! Now I am sure he will have to move out of his apartment to save face.

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Lol. I am gonna register the panty hook with wireless cam for the customer who likes to peek, then snatch.

Just make sure to stay in the 2.4hz range with that wireless cam, don't want to get in trouble with the emergency bandwide police, used in Japan.

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Crap, I mean: Bandwidth

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...Thus breathing new life into the jaded Tsuri Baka Nisshi series

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he is lucky that the husband of the lady didnt do more than take his fishing line if that was my husband, there may have been some sore something or others

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@okinawamike,

Something tells me a few of the cops here wont mind it at all.

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Bobbafett, I'm another victim of your first post. I read that getting off the train on the Yamanote Line, and no doubt looked like I was either drunk or had mental problems trying to contain myself. Either that or Japanese think gaijin always walk around with smiles on their faces.

but the whole thing is funny isn't it. I'm still waiting for women to evolve (devolve?) to the point where some cute babe is so interested in my underwear that she goes fishing off the balcony trying to snag my undies. I wouldn't even call the police! Maybe we could just ..... hook up ...

Poor guy. Maybe he should have just thrown something over the balcony and pretended he was trying to retrieve some fallen clothes - Mr Bean style. Seriously, how does a guy get like that?

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The big question is will he apply for a panty snatcher hook patent?

Panty snatcherist!

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Who's surprised by this ? Many J-men have an infantile idea of sexuality and are major pervs. Guess how many other J-pervs will now cotton to this idea ?

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Absolutely hilarious and kind of pitiful at the same time - I mean, if you were a real pervert you'd want to get hold of those panties before they got cleaned, right? I mean, you might as well go buy them from a store? Imagine the indignity? Imagine if it was your father/brother/son? That's cheered me up anyway - no matter how low you go, there's always someone prepared to go lower....

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What exactly do these demented perverts do with the undies they steal?

@Disillusioned

Do you REALLY want to know???

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sales of fishing lines and hooks will undoubtedly go up as the other perverts try this.

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I know I've lived in this country for too long when I can say that this isn't the first time I've read a news story about someone using a fishing rod to try to snag panties hehe.

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Yeah, exactly how bad do you need those panties to construct a fishing line scenario out on the balcony - to have come up with that would've taken me days! By then, my ardour would've probably subsided....

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im not surprized either But its better than the story i read several days ago on here about the guy stabbing the lady in the Back for her panties. its perverted but Most dont really harm anyone. so whats the punishment for a guy trying to steal womens panties? in Nihon

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Things that make you say hmmmmm....

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In an increasingly aging society, I can't help thinking the average age of sexual maturity is going the opposite way.

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This is so funny, seems to be right out of some anime.

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and then notified police

no justice by his own hands?? awwh

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Absolutely hilarious and kind of pitiful at the same time - I mean, if you were a real pervert you'd want to get hold of those panties before they got cleaned, right? I mean, you might as well go buy them from a store?

Exactly. This was a total waste of effort on the part of the perv. I score him a 0% for ingenuity and a 0% for execution. OTOH I'll give him a 60% for comedic value (I chuckled a little at his stupidity).

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Where's the part where they searched his apartment and found 500 pairs of panties? Isn't that an obligatory portion of these types of stories?

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Panty perve! A totally acceptable fetish, but as my lovely, astute wife observed, "they werent soiled, so whats the point!" Personally... DOUBLE THUMBS UP!

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Soiled yuk! Beggars belief! Just goes to show where other J.T readers are Coming from! If this guy had done this to my wifes underwear, yep he would have got a right hook and his tackle confiscated permanently!

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Not another one! What IS it with Japanese men and wonen`s knickers? I heard of an identical case like this involving a friend in Kyushu. Is this now some dort of perv pandemic hitting Japan? Can we expect more of these fishing line cases?

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Can we expect more of these fishing line cases?

yes, just to keep the jt male pop entertained

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I think pervs like this do it for the thrill not just the panties they are getting. Strange fetish.

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points for creativity

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WHAT IS IT WITH MEN AND UNDERWEAR!! SO friggin gross....dont guys know women get yeast infections? I never understood why men do that..or smell underwear! Like really? that is just NASTY!!!!

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"kaito05 at 05:42 PM JST - 23rd October

WHAT IS IT WITH MEN AND UNDERWEAR!! SO friggin gross....dont guys know women get yeast infections? I never understood why men do that..or smell underwear! Like really? that is just NASTY!!!!"

...animal instinct...we`re still animals in many ways, aren't we?

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The pervs here always give birth of hilarious crime news which is absolutely unique and make me laughing to tears.

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I thought someone had stolen my boxer shorts yesterday and I got real suspicious about my middle-aged single neighbor until I found them in the washing machine waiting to be cleaned. I had go commando all through out the day.

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What a funny yet naughty story. At least no one got stabbed in the neck and died...

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Perhaps the "men and underwear in this country" thing stems around cross-dressing? it is an easily embarrassed culture and a man might prefer to take the risk of stealing then buying womens panties in a shopping mall.

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Lol, fishing for undies with his rod in hand.

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This is so funny, he shouldn't even be in trouble, I was rolling at this. Haha funny pervert! And VERY creative ^ ^ Its right out of an anime hahahaha

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