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Osaka burglar arrested because he couldn’t find a mask during shortage

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By SoraNews24

At around midnight on April 23, a 66-year-old man was walking through the skyscraper-lined streets of Yodogawa Ward in Osaka city. Although even at this hour late-working businessmen can usually be seen bustling about and grabbing drinks, it was during the state of emergency in Japan and the streets were virtually deserted at the time.

The man passed by a yakiniku restaurant that had closed down due to the pandemic. After looking around, he skillfully broke open a window and climbed inside. Then, taking out his flashlight, the man spotted a safe, grabbed it, and was on his way home after only three minutes.

After the owner found the safe with 20,000 yen inside missing, they contacted the police who launched an investigation. It seemed that, while the man was skilled in breaking and entering, he failed to expect a security camera in the restaurant’s kitchen.

Because the intruder was wearing only a baseball cap, with no mask or sunglasses, one of the detectives immediately recognized his face. It belonged to a career criminal who was arrested a few years back during a memorable heist in which he started cooking in the very restaurant he was robbing.

Since he was well known among law enforcement, it didn’t take long for them to locate him and make an arrest on May 14. In the ensuing interrogation, the man confessed, “I thought I might get caught by my face showing up on a security camera, but I couldn’t get a mask anywhere because of the coronavirus.”

In total, the man was facing 24 charges of robbery stemming back to September of 2017, for a total of 1.73 million yen in damages. However, the suspect also confessed that the effects of the coronavirus were digging into his bottom line. In the four burglaries he committed during April, he only obtained 37,000 yen.

“It’s awful because the sales at restaurants are too low,” he told police, “probably because of the coronavirus.” He then added, “Who would have thought the coronavirus is an inconvenience, even when it came to stealing?”

It’s unclear why the burglar didn’t simply put on another kind of face covering like a handkerchief or scarf during his brief theft.

Moreover, this burglar’s story is indicative of the often overlooked impact of COVID-19 has been having on crime in Japan. According to the National Police Agency, crime for the first half of 2020 dropped by 15.4 percent from the same period of the previous year. It would seem less people going out has been creating less opportunities to steal, but business owners are still being warned not to leave valuables in closed-down shops which have become prime targets.

Source: Sankei News

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“I thought I might get caught by my face showing up on a security camera, but I couldn’t get a mask anywhere be to cause of the coronavirus.”

Thank goodness for the mask shortage if that's the case then. Comedy-crime news articles like this really does make my day, keep it up JT! Not to condone the Lupin-wannabe but he could've worn a hoodie and bandana over his face or just disguise himself as a utility worker. But thank goodness he was arrested, I'm surprised a man of his age is still nimble enough for stuff like this.

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This is funny

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In prison he'll be able to attend Burglary 101 and come out with new skills and all the wiser.

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u_s__reamerToday  07:29 am JST

In prison he'll be able to attend Burglary 101 and come out with new skills and all the wiser.

With his record he'll be teaching the class.

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“It’s awful because the sales at restaurants are too low,” he told police, “probably because of the coronavirus.” He then added, “Who would have thought the coronavirus is an inconvenience, even when it came to stealing?”

I seriously can’t stop laughing.

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A " memorable heist in which he started cooking in the very restaurant he was robbing".

Wow!

A very dangerous country indeed.

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With his record he'll be teaching the class.

Yes, he'd be the best candidate for the position. The Japanese even have a special word for this sort of teacher: 反面教師/はんめんきょうし - a teacher whose bad example one can learn from.

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Bandanna? Balaclava?? Anything??????

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In the four burglaries he committed during April, he only obtained 37,000 yen.

It's a sad day when crime doesn't pay.

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Yet another example of the benefit of mask wearing. He'll be sure to wear a mask next time he is out and about. Like everyone should. 

Wear masks. Everybody!

in some countries, you advising criminals, rapists and murderers to wear masks to facilitate their success could land you in deep trouble matey.

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He wanted to get caught, end of.

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Osaka burglar arrested because he couldn’t find a mask during shortage

This should be on The World's Dumbest Criminals. If I were his dad, I would give him one good kick in the "you know where," and send him off to prison, where the prisoners can do the same. Pretty sad. Even my daughters are way smarter than this joker.

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“It’s awful because the sales at restaurants are too low,” he told police, “probably because of the coronavirus.” 

Whoa! 1+1=2! What a conclusion!!!

He then added, “Who would have thought the coronavirus is an inconvenience, even when it came to stealing?”

Not me. I thought a pandemic would only spike sales and make all businesses profitable. Mind baffling, isn't it?

Since he was well known among law enforcement, it didn’t take long for them to locate him and make an arrest on May 14.

In total, the man was facing 24 charges of robbery stemming back to September of 2017, for a total of 1.73 million yen in damages.

However, 

he still roams free to do whatever he wants (until he got caught, again).............good job, "law enforcement."

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TOKYO

At around midnight on April 23, a 66-year-old man was walking through the skyscraper-lined streets of Yodogawa Ward in Osaka city. Although even at this hour late-working businessmen can usually be seen bustling about and grabbing drinks, it was during the state of emergency in Japan and the streets were virtually deserted at the time.

I had a headache until I understood this long sentence.

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Then, taking out his flashlight, the man spotted a safe, grabbed it, and was on his way home after only three minutes.

Not much of a "safe" if you can just grab it and run away, is it.

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