Arrests were made in four lingerie theft cases Thursday in Aichi, Chiba, Kanagawa and Niigata Prefectures, with four men charged.
In Chiba Prefecture, a 18-year-old college student was arrested for allegedly stealing 44 sets of underwear belonging to small children from a kindergarten in Matsudo City around 3:30 a.m. on Thursday.
In Aichi Prefecture, Takayuki Komura, 24, who is a part-time employee at the child welfare department of the Okazai city office, was arrested for allegedly stealing 115 items of girls' underwear and sandals from a changing room at a primary school in the city on the afternoon of July 25 while children were playing in the pool.
In Kanagawa, Masanobu Iguchi, 47, was arrested for allegedly stealing schoolgirls' swimsuits in Yokohama on July 13. Police found about 5,000 items of female underwear at his apartment. Iguchi had earlier been arrested for peeping up schoolgirls' skirts on Aug 8. Iguchi told police he had been stealing female underwear for 10 years.
Meanwhile, in Niigata, Kazuhito Okamoto, 49, was arrested for stealing two pairs of panties from a clothesline at a house in Nishikan Ward on Thursday at around 1 a.m.© Japan Today