A railway police sergeant left his handgun in a toilet at JR Niigata Station on Tuesday, police said. According to investigators, the 55-year-old officer left a bag containing his handgun, handcuffs and baton on the baggage hook in a toilet stall. The weapon contained five live rounds.
A short time later, a station employee entered the toilet, found the bag and handed it in to the Railway Police office. Police believe the bag was left unattended for around three minutes.
According to police, the sergeant and three other officers were present in the office when the bag was returned, but none of the men reported the incident to prefectural police, as they are required to do by law. The information was passed on via an anonymous tip-off later Tuesday.
Regional police chief Kesaji Fujiki said, "The sergeant in question will be disciplined and we will investigate why this incident was not properly reported. We will endeavor to ensure it does not occur again."© Compiled from news reports