An 18-year-old private high school student was arrested for theft earlier this month after an off-duty policeman chased the boy down for stealing a woman's bag, it was learned on Thursday.
The boy is accused of stealing a 65-year-old woman's bag from the front basket of her bicycle as she was waiting at a set of traffic lights in Tachikawa City on the evening of March 2. The boy ran off with the bag, but a 38-year-old police officer who was on his way home heard the woman screaming, and turned to see the boy running toward him with the bag.
The officer confronted the boy, and the boy put his hand in his pocket and told the officer he would stab him. The officer, who holds a 5th dan black belt in kendo, yelled at him to give up and the boy fled, but was caught hiding in bushes not far away.
The boy has admitted to stealing the bag, which contained about 15,000 yen, and was quoted as saying: "I wanted money to buy my girlfriend a present for White Day."© News reports