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Over 1,000 items found during search of underwear thief's home

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Police said Tuesday that around 1,000 items of women's undergarments were found at the home of a man who was arrested for theft after being caught nabbing some of the items back in May.

Authorities said that a search of the man's home in Ninohe City, Iwate Prefecture, last month produced a total of around 1,800 items of women's clothing, stuffed away in cardboard boxes.

The suspect, Takenori Hashimoto, 37, was originally arrested and then indicted on charges of breaking into a home in Hachimantai City on May 20 and stealing 10,000 yen along with 39 items of women's underwear. According to police, the thief is believed to have committed around 30 similar crimes in Morioka.

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The keystone panty-squad has got to be loving this bust! I'm sure they're sorting, cataloging, photographing, (sniffing), each and every piece of evidence carefully!

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Lol...sniff sniff...ugh...hope they wear gloves when handling those panties!

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Hold a "get your panties back for free" yard sale and have the dude bow and say sorry to each woman after she throws them in the trash right in front of him. If he was selling them online with stalker pics is a different story. On a serious note this guy should do a shameful jury trial. A sniffy shame.

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Sniffing? I guess this is part of the job? No, come on now, just imagine some nut case broke into your house and takes off with your underwear! Sickening! And I know, because it happened to me a long, long time ago here in Japan.

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Hahaha... what a weirdo

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Why? I can't believe how prolific this sickness is in Japan.

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over 1000 underwear !!!! What a nasty boy !!!! Truly a perv !!! He probably thinks there is nothing wrong having all this underwear in his possession

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should put them in vending machines

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Enough for a promotion in the police force, surely?

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So guess what that guy did 1000 times :/

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Over 1000 pieces! Why so many? Surely 999 is enough!

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Wonder if he wore them?

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Brand names, sizes, designs, colors and market value?

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39 pair of panties in one houshold! impressive! my girl only has about 15 or so. :-(

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39 pairs in one household could be a mom and two daughters.

I wonder if they were clean or dirty. I'm betting clean are easier to nab (on the laundry line or in the underwear drawer). So sniffing probably isn't an option, unless you enjoy the fresh scent of detergent.

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Lol this is so stupid! why steal underwear and not just buy a movie? >.>

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Okay, it is funny, but let's not lose sight of the fact that this guy is a criminal. 1000 pairs of panties, even if they're just cheap 100yen panties is still 100 000yen worth of theft. If someone stole 100 000yen from a taxi or a combini they'd be throwing the book at him and talking about a LONG prison term.

But if someone steals panties everyone's suddenly laughing and treating it like it's a juvenile prank like condom over your principal's car's exhaust pipe. It's not, it's theft and this guy deserves the normal 3 to 5 year sentences they hand out for theft in Japan (which ironically is more than most people get for murder.

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VelvetRosetta at 10:55 AM JST - 14th July

"Wonder if he wore them"?

Rose: That would be under the entertainment section, see "talento"

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What are the international statistics on underwear theft, and how does Japan compare to the rest of the world on this?

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International statistics on underwear theft? Japan is at the top of the list.

In fact, Japan is alone on the list.

(OK, OK, I just made that up.)

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Hold a "get your panties back for free" yard sale

yeah, thats coz thats a good idea...

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I wonder how many he would have actually stolen had he seen the "obasans" wearing them.

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Jbeezy, I think most men would at least sneak a peak..curiosity is hard to handle sometimes...just don't get caught,lol...she might send out a perv alert! But I do think this man needs to be charged like anyone else...we laugh and joke but I wonder if he has some kind of mental problems...

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what a freakin L O S E R !!

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Only in Japan... why the hell he wanted to have all those panties in boxes? almost 2000 that's lots of panties.

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He had packed all these items in boxes and may be he was planning to sell in second hand clothes market ?

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Underwear are only valuable if there is an actual woman inside them. heh. Honestly though, this perversion is culturally influenced in Japan. Its not healthy at all yet they still de-sensitize and make light of these kinds of actions all the time. Yeesh.

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LOL, I remember a few years back when they held the national screaming contest and one of the finalists was a woman who bellowed, 'You crook! Bring back my stolen panties'!

If the perpetrator had opened one of those burusera boutiques in Shibuya he'd be rolling in money by now.

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I had to laugh when I read this article! http://www.japanvisitor.com/index.php?cID=359&pID=1385

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Jbeezy- that was classic. As we know in Japan we hang clothes on the balcony to dry and the Japanese are obsessive about shades and curtains. Anyway we have a new building across and my wife is paranoid about peeping toms and her panties. I keep my blinds open at night (I know Im crazy). Stealing panties in the city is tough but I believe the houses and countryside are a different story. Once you get to the teen pic mandatory, sniffing and stealing is where it gets disturbing. I googled pantie theft japan and got 12,600,000 hits.... woohoo!

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Ifeelmust...funny, article...

Sounds like a formar Mayor in England//ppl are crazy!!!

http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Former_mayor_receives_two_year_sentence_for_underwear_theft_in_Lancashire,_England

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I just googled pantie theft america and got 16,900,000. What does that tell you? Nothing.

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With respect I am glad to see JT is back to reporting the theft of underware. I have missed reading about this important topic and now I know my underware will be safe for one more day. Yes I am a male and I am sumo sized and mine was stolen from a clothes dryer. DFinding replacements was rather difficult. Someone must have been drunk or desperate. Thank God this time the perp wasn't a policeman or teacher.

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Lol...mrhog..drunk or desperate...

well my husband tells me to hang them indoors...close to wear I live some kids went stealing panties some years back, so mine stay inside...

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Always on the defensive end bicultural. Trust me I am sure pantie theft and schoolgirl obsession in Japan takes the trophy 10 fold... At least you googled a different word structure to make me look like a jerk. Thanks. Did you do it in English on America's # 1 website.... Try it in Japanese on Yahoo.

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Dont worry US is much larger so on a ratio scale Japan wins!

Moderator: Readers, please stay on topic. Comparisons with other countries are not relevant.

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well anyway, back to my neighbor. she recently moved in about two months ago...when she first moved in she always would hang her panties inside. but about a month ago, i ended up talking to her, invited her to one of our parties that me and some friends host, and gave her a CD. (I'm a musician). Since the invite i notice her panties now hang outside within reaching distance of my balcony? coincidence? i think not. i think she wants me to steal her panties, or at least handle them. but i won't fall for the trap. plus im not a pervert. lol

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im just waiting to hear of woman stealing mens holey undies, that would make much more interesting news :D 'the woman had an obsession of holey undies' 'simple plain or new undies had no attraction for me, it was the ones with holes that i needed' ( to tie up my sagging tomato plants) he he he

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This hardly news anymore. It happens so often perhaps we should call it a regional preference.

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Maybe he was going to sell them...

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Well if the Japan bashers are done, let me point out the FAT silver lining in this cloud. A man broke into untold numbers of women's homes, and all he did was...steal their underwear! In no way do I condone the crime (clearly the worst part of it being in the breaking and entering rather than the stealing) but gee, it could have been a LOT worse. Go anywhere else and it WOULD have been. So despite this, I am afraid that safety Japan has won again.

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hrd1231 said: Maybe he was going to sell them...

Maybe he was going to smell and sell them.....

altogether now: suspended sentence

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Some sociologist needs to do some research into the warped psychology of the Japanese men who feel a need to steal womens underwear. I'm all for kinks - different strokes for different folks - but this is just sick, and these creeps should be constantly monitored in all aspects of their life - if not locked away in a rubber room!

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Lol Jbeezy I hear you on that one. I'll never forget the last time I was in Japan riding a small commute train in Nagasaki and there was this group of schoolgirls giggling and all that jazz, when one of them looked straight at me and decided to flash her panties. I returned that gesture with a look that said "Are you insane!?", and got off the trolly laughing my head off.

Some of these gals think that all men are interested in there underwear xD. Or it may be possible your next door neighbor might actually feel she can "trust" you not to steal her lacies (Depends on how high your balcony is).

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I think Honest probably has it right. Before she got to know Jbreezy, he was an unknown and she couldn't trust leaving her underwear outside. Now that she's gotten to know him better, she feels more comfortable with letting him see the lingerie.

I have to admit I have no clue as to what drives people to steal other people's undewear. While I understand the possible eroticism of underclothing, to actually go and steal someone else's clothing is just so out of the realm of acceptable behavior.

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Ah, for the days when we'd get a photo in JT of a nicely laid out collection of the panty-nicker's heist.

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What is with stealing women's underwear? I cant see the excitement of having 1000 womens underwear. This perverted individual is a really sick individual.

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I wonder if he is as ambitious in his day job?

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All this calling people with fetishes "sick" is just so much hot air. If your readers had it their way everybody in the country would be doing time for their "sick" behavior. Besides, who are you to judge ? It's a pretty harmless fetish and prevents even more reprehensible crimes like rape and murder. I mean, it's laughable. And you want to put these people in prison for it ?

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It's a pretty harmless fetish...

Yeah we laugh but it is a crime..he stole them..why not go and buy em if you just like panties? But no He stole them!..that;s why to me it seems kinda sick, if he'd gone to buy them no-one would have even known he was some pantie fetish crazed man!

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Weird.

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What's the record?

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I wonder how this pervert could store more than a thousand of women's underwear in his condo.

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