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Man arrested over theft of ¥10 mil gold tea bowl from Tokyo store

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On Saturday morning, investigators spotted Horie in the area around Kiba Station wearing clothes that closely resembled those of the man in the security camera footage

With security camera everywhere in Tokyo why he expect that he can get away with it.

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Impressive security there!

Luckily the thief was as inadequate as the security.

Who the hell is going to buy or need a gold tea bowl?

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Who the hell is going to buy or need a gold tea bowl?

He quickly sold it, didn’t he? — at least that’s what’s reported in this article.

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He quickly sold it, didn’t he? — at least that’s what’s reported in this article

At a more than eighty percent discount, less than the scrap value of the gold. They bought the gold not the bowl.

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Horie has admitted to the allegations, police said, telling them he "sold the bowl" at a shop in Tokyo that buys goods from customers for 1.8 million yen.

It may be just my poor eyesight but where in the story does it mention if police recovered the bowl and it's current state?

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And the bowl was recovered??

Great reporting!

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On Saturday morning, investigators spotted Horie in the area around Kiba Station wearing clothes that closely resembled those of the man in the security camera footage.

How idiotic for him to roam around in those clothing!

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Not a smart guy anyway.

And who on earth would buy this bowl after it made the headlines. Pawn shops would be suspicious. The only way to got with it would be to melt the bowl. He certainly did hide it somewhere

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How idiotic for him to roam around in those clothing!

Especially after receiving 1.8 million yen, spring sale are everywhere at least buy new clothing!

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As an aside, in NSW Australia , there is no "automatic return ", to the rightful owner, of stolen goods pawned to a pawn shop.

The aggrieved owner /theft victim, has to take a procedure to the Local Court to have the item returned.

Funny, the law comes down on the pawn shop owners side, when many stolen goods are pawned.

Think it dates back to merry old England's Common Law practice.

But really, the Japanese Department store security was a joke.

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I knew he won't go far....

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But really, the Japanese Department store security was a joke.

Especially for 10 million yen worth, gold bowl.

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Bowl???

My wife told me repeatedly that a “gold ball” was stolen. At least now the story makes some sense.

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They put an item worth roughly $65,000 on display in an unsecured plastic box in a busy department store?

I've seen items that sell for a few thousand yen in locked cabinets at drug stores and home centers here.

They almost deserved to have it stolen.

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They almost deserved to have it stolen.

No, no one ever "deserves" to have anything stolen that they rightly own. Only someone with a broken worldview would ever blame this on anyone other than the thief.

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Strangerland

Only someone with a broken worldview would ever blame this on anyone other than the thief.

I would say that a worldview that thinks one shouldn't leave $65,000 sitting out, unprotected, in a high-foot-traffic public space because of a high risk of theft is not only not broken, but working quite well.

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Locks are only to stop honest people from becoming dishonest.

There is an expensive watch fair being held in Switzerland. I was wondering how many international thieves are eyeing that one up. Millions in watches.

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