Police on Wednesday arrested a 61-year-old man on charges of theft after he was caught red-handed swiping wallets from passengers riding in the Sanyo Shinkansen's green car.
According to police, the Nozomi 26 was traveling between Fukuyama in Hiroshima Prefecture and Okayama station in Okayama Prefecture when Kazuyuki Mizunaga allegedly lifted a wallet containing 53,000 yen from the jacket of a sleeping businessman.
Mizunaga, who lives in Fukuyama, was quoted by police as saying that he headed for the green car because "people going on business trips and the like tend to carry a lot of money."
Mizunaga is suspected of committing at least 10 similar crimes since last October, netting himself about 650,000 yen. Police said that Mizunaga has hinted at committing thefts on the bullet train for the past 30 years.
Reports of theft on bullet trains have been increasing and in recent times, police from Tokyo have been riding the trains. One such officer spotted Mizunaga in the act and grabbed him.
Mizunaga was quoted as saying, "I didn't think cops from Tokyo would head all the way down to Fukuyama."© News reports