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Suspect held for stealing wallet of man sleeping in station parking lot

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Police in Yokohama have arrested a 34-year-old suspect on suspicion of stealing the wallet of a man who was sleeping in a train station parking lot in July.

The incident occurred around 6:30 a.m. on July 11 in the parking lot near Tsunashima Station in Kohoku Ward, Sankei Shimbun reported. A 48-year-old male company employee from Tokyo was snoozing after missing his stop on the train.

Police allege Shohei Tamura, a company employee from Yokohama City, stole the wallet containing 5,500 yen and the victim’s driver’s license, as well as other personal items, from his bag.

According to police, the unsuspecting victim was intoxicated at the time. He noticed that his wallet was missing 20 minutes after the theft.

Tamura was later identified as the suspect when nearby surveillance camera footage showed him lifting the wallet from the man’s bag.

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Very unfortunate to read these kinds of "petty" crime and other forms of crime as well increasing with frequency. Maybe even a decade ago it was not that common.

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"Maybe even a decade ago it was not that common." yeah with rising suicides, no mental health coverage, and no licensed specialist, and the pandemic, a decade ago it was not that common.

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"A 48-year-old male company employee from Tokyo was sleeping in a train station parking lot at 6:30 a.m. after missing his stop on the train." Fool set his self up, around the many bums hanging around train stations.

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"Tamura was later identified as the suspect when nearby surveillance camera footage showed him lifting the wallet from the man’s bag."

Good work cameras!

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How much did it cost to apprehend this guy? Is this really the best use of available resources?

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Very unfortunate to read these kinds of "petty" crime and other forms of crime as well increasing with frequency. Maybe even a decade ago it was not that common.

Unfortunately your theory is completely wrong. Crime in Japan is dropping by the year and has never been lower on record.

-17 ( +3 / -20 )

Unfortunately your theory is completely wrong. Crime in Japan is dropping by the year and has never been lower on record.

Have you browsed the crime section of this site lately? There have been missing kids, hit and run resulting in death and others in the news of recent.

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Have you browsed the crime section of this site lately? There have been missing kids, hit and run resulting in death and others in the news of recent.

All of those crimes used to be worse. Google the Japanese Police crime stats reports. Crime is consistently dropping. The most dangerous time for major and petty crime in Japan (gangsters, murders, theft etc) was the 1950s.

-17 ( +4 / -21 )

Police allege Shohei Tamura, a company employee from Yokohama City, stole the wallet containing 5,500 yen and the victim’s driver’s license, as well as other personal items, from his bag.

Now the suspect will have to pay a very high price for the petty crime this time around. :‑(

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"troubling statistic has been the steady uptick in domestic violence. In 2018, there were 8,200 arrests for crimes such as spousal abuse, a 6.3% increase from the previous year. Women were targets in 90% of cases. Since 1989, Japan has had an almost 12-fold rise in arrests for domestic violence"...reported Jan 7, 2020"

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Have you browsed the crime section of this site lately? There have been missing kids, hit and run resulting in death and others in the news of recent.

Agree, every day there are more horror crime stories than one can reasonably stomach, far far more than any other country's news I've seen and you see crime in the streets every day. Japan has become crime infested this year

13 ( +15 / -2 )

A lot of JT readers clearly believe Japan is infested with crime, and that it is getting worse. This report on the NPA crime statistics released this year shows the opposite. Lowest crime rates post-war. Crime has been dropping for decades, even more since Covid. Fact.

If anyone has alternate figures to suggest crime is trending up, please cite them.

https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2020/07/59c1b2b3d020-crime-in-japan-accelerates-its-decline-during-coronavirus-pandemic.html

-13 ( +5 / -18 )

a drunk gets his wallet stolen and the JT crowd screams about Japan being a war zone infested with crime. I'm curios in what other country would a stolen wallet make front news??

-22 ( +2 / -24 )

How long will the Prosecution office wait in charging the suspect of committing the crime...?? Surely they have a confession besides the surveillance as evidence.

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You snooze, you lose

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How much did it cost to apprehend this guy? Is this really the best use of available resources?

Catching criminals and solving crimes is their reason for existence. So, it's using the resources as they were intended.

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Wasn't this the one shown on Japanese news channels back in the summer? I have to admit my surprise that it doesn't happen more often, or isn't reported more often.

-6 ( +0 / -6 )

When are people going to learn now days that cameras are everywhere?

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Have you browsed the crime section of this site lately?

So we should use the news stories here as data on crime? Interesting idea. That would mean I live in a fairly crime-free country as the news here almost never reports crimes such as this one. It would be classed as "trivial" .

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Have you browsed the crime section of this site lately?

Sure. If I were to go by the feeling that reading the news section gave me, I'd probably think that Japan was going to hell in a handbasket.

But then I look at the actual data, which shows Japan to not only be one of the safest countries in the world, but also safer than it was compared to itself of past.

I guess one could decide that the feeling from reading the news section is a more accurate metric as to how safe a country is. But I don't see any logic in that myself. Personally, I like to base my conclusions on data more than feelings.

-8 ( +0 / -8 )

Have you browsed the crime section of this site lately? There have been missing kids, hit and run resulting in death and others in the news of recent.

I am in no way implying that the crimes posted here reflect in any way this "data" you lot are referring to. The stuff here and the stuff they have on the news and actual police dealings are completely different. Many of the crimes on this site aren't reported in this data because of its level of importance. Crimes like that manga studio arsonist gets front page, booked and reported into this data. While news like those people who keep their loved ones bodies to collect their pension rarely sees the light of any importance, thus does not get reported EVEN THOUGH it is a crime. So of course the "police' crime data" would be low and many other crimes would be omitted to look good!

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Many of the crimes on this site aren't reported in this data because of its level of importance.

Really? Where can we find evidence to support this assertion?

-6 ( +0 / -6 )

An unfortunate incident but we are still lucky to be in a country where in a city the size of Yokohama the theft of 5,500 yen is news. Still thankful for the relative safety of Japan.

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Really? Where can we find evidence to support this assertion?

Minus six votes for my comment - and not a single one of them could point us to any evidence to support the assertion that was made.

I guess the downvotes were for making them feel bad about themselves when my comment made them realize that they were wrong about Japan being dangerous.

-5 ( +0 / -5 )

Heh, five of the people I referred to in my last post must have read it, because it got five downvotes too! I hope the sixth comes around soon...

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