Police on Monday decided not to press charges against two sisters, 13 and 19, who had been held on suspicion of theft. The two girls were apprehended in Haruma City after they robbed a woman at around 11:25 a.m. on May 21. The girls were on a mini-motorbike when they approached a woman cyclist, 64, from behind and plucked a purse containing 4,000 yen from the rear basket of the bicycle.
The younger sister, who was driving the bike, has reportedly been driving since she was in elementary school, police said. The older sister grabbed the purse. With the stolen money, the girls purchased gasoline for the motorbike as well as lunches.
According to the sisters, the bike itself had been stolen from the underground parking lot at JR Fussa Station in Fussa City, and after the two took turns driving around for about three hours, the gasoline had gotten low, and they decided to steal money to fill up.
Police say that theft was witnessed by a high school boy.
On May 25, the girls were stopped and questioned by a Fussa police officer who noticed they were wearing the same pink sweatsuits as in the description given by the witness. They admitted to the crime and were quoted by police as saying, "We just wanted money for gas and to have a little fun. We won't do it again."
According to investigators, the older sister has few friends, and could be usually found together with her younger sister.© Wire reports