A member of Japan’s riot police was arrested Saturday for stealing money from a passenger’s wallet on the Tokyo subway, police said Sunday.
According to police, Masato Kitahara, 26, allegedly stole 4,000 yen from the purse of a woman sitting next to him on a Tozai line train, heading to Nakano Station, around 6 a.m. on Saturday. The woman, 19, who was asleep at the time of the crime, noticed that her purse was out of her bag when she woke up, and saw money sticking out of the pocket of Kitahara, who was sitting nearby.
The woman notified the station’s police. Kitahara admitted to the charge, police said.
“If the charges are correct, we must treat this case with exceptional strictness,” a police spokesman said.© Compiled from news reports