A policeman accused of stealing from coworkers was dismissed on Wednesday. The accused, 21-year-old Tsuyoshi Sato, was arrested and indicted earlier this year for stealing coworkers' notebooks and around 410,000 yen in cash from locker rooms and police academy dormitories in Nagaoka police station in Niigata Prefecture.
Sato was quoted as saying: "I had been gambling to try and relieve stress and I needed money to pay for the habit. I stole the notebooks hoping to find material I could use to harass my coworkers."
According to police, 14 cases of theft from police personnel took place between January 2010 and February 2011.© Compiled from news reports