A 36-year-old man was arrested for theft last week, after he allegedly stole two pairs of women's underwear from a coin laundry in the town of Kohoku in Saga Prefecture, on March 2, police said Tuesday.
Kenichi Ikeda, a truck driver and resident of Nagasaki City, was pulled over by Saga police on March 3 after a woman wrote down the license plate of his truck and called police the previous evening. The 32-year-old woman had noticed two pairs of her underwear were missing from a coin laundry washing machine on the evening of March 2, and saw a man behaving suspiciously nearby before getting into the truck.
Police found the two pairs of underwear, along with 263 other items of underwear, roughly 70% of which were bras, stuffed in three sports bags placed in the sleeping cabin behind the seats. Police said there was no apparent preference for size, color or brand name.
Ikeda has admitted to stealing the items on March 2, and the other items over a period of about 10 years. He said he couldn't store the items at home as he lived with his wife and child, and added he had thrown other items away due to a lack of space.
Ikeda told police that he stole the items mostly from coin laundries in Saga Prefecture, but police said they will not limit their investigation to Saga, as Ikeda routinely transported goods to the Kansai area and other regions.© News reports