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Woman arrested after stealing box with GPS tracker from man’s doorstep


Police in Owariasahi, Aichi Prefecture, have arrested an unemployed 49-year-old woman on suspicion of theft after she took a cardboard box containing a computer mouse and other items that had been left on the doorstep of an apartment.

According to police, the 29-year-old man who lives in the apartment has had packages previously stolen from his doorstep, Sankei Shimbun reported. On Monday, he attached a GPS tracker to a cardboard box with the mouse inside and left it on his doorstep as bait.

After the box was taken sometime between 7 a.m. and 12:20 p.m. on Monday, he contacted police who were able to pinpoint the location of the GPS tracker, which led them to Mami Kondo.

Police said that since last autumn, several delivered packages have been stolen from doorsteps in the city and that they are questioning Kondo about those cases as well.

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A mousetrap.

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My only wish is that they make an example of her. Give her a well deserved 3 to 5 years jail sentence and parade her through all TV channels and other media.

Porch pirates are less than trash. Don't let this become another 'murica.

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A mousetrap.

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner.

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It's funny, but I heard of a situation when a foreign person had their iphone taken while in Tokyo a year or so ago and could find its location to a house, they wanted nothing to do with it. Was that a once off or anyone else know of similar stories?

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Back in the day it used to be really hard to get a delivery from Amazon or anywhere left on your doorstep if you weren’t home. Now it’s the preferred way because none of them have enough drivers to do same day redeliveries. And I’m still under 40 so it wasn’t that long ago!

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Yes, Amazon Japan now has an option to get your package delivered in the middle of the night!

-4 ( +2 / -6 )

I always purposely pay COD and not use credit cards when ordering on amazon or other online shopping sites.

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

Stolen and missing doorstep packets from Amazon will be replaced.

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I hope he get all his items back without any damages

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Needs free pickup sites or delivery lockers, like in 7-Eleven


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Using credit cards also protects against the loss of packages or faulty goods.

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And here I thought entrapment isn't allowed.

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And here I thought entrapment isn't allowed.

This wouldn't be entrapment even if that was a thing in Japan.

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What element is missing for it to be considered entrapment? Looks like bait with GPS tracking was used. But I guess much like plea bargaining, the concept is foreign to the justice system I guess.

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What element is missing for it to be considered entrapment?

It wasn’t set up by the police.

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Entrapment only applies to police? I can entice others to commit crimes? That's news to me. I guess you're right then.

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Yup. Here’s a pretty good explanation of it.

Entrapment refers to the actions of a law enforcement official that persuade or encourage a person to engage in an illegal act, which he would otherwise have been unlikely to commit. A person charged with a crime he believes a police officer, or other law enforcement official, convinced him to commit, may claim he was “entrapped,” or caught in a trap baited by the police.

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So you can entrap and then call the police

-7 ( +1 / -8 )

There are pick points for deliveries in case one predicts he is not home, why anyone would let a delivery on the door steps? This was an oportunitie thief, maybe she is the only unemployed who robbs other peoples stuff. Dahh

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The package didn't jump into her hands and leave. Not entrapment. If it were a planter with a plant in it and she stole it, she's still a thief.

I'm happy that delivered packages don't go missing here. Once had a laptop delivered to the wrong address - the photo of the placement of the package clearly wasn't our house. Amazon shipped a replacement overnight.

I fee bad for people that can't get deliveries in 2-3 days in some parts of the world. The idea that something shipped will never arrive is so foreign to me. I cannot imagine.

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What element is missing for it to be considered entrapment?

I think the general meaning of entrapment is "causing someone to do something they would not usually do by tricking them". In this case, similar thefts had taken place before. If the arrested woman was responsible for the previous thefts, I don't think it can be called entrapment.

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Please don't let the "porch pirate" craze take root here in Japan.

Yes. I know this is not the first time this has happened in Japan, but it's no where near as prevalent here, yet, as it is in other "1st world" countries.

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it's no where near as prevalent here, yet, as it is in other "1st world" countries.

Care to name those countries? I'd like to know where it isn't safe to send packages to friends.

I suspect any delivery issues are extremely dependent on the locality and specific address. I bet the average income level of the street is what matters most in other "1st world" places.

Generalizing an entire country based on good or bad things that happen in a few places only, isn't wise.

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. 16  08:10 pm JST

Stolen and missing doorstep packets from Amazon will be replaced.

Yes, but this activity results in higher costs to buyers because the seller is taking a loss. The next biggest crime with regards to Amazon is false returns. Since Amazon doesn’t verify returned items are correct, people are placing the incorrect items in the original packaging and getting full refunds. Amazon has been asked why they can’t just hold off issuing the credit until it’s been verified. Their stance is that they don’t want to ruin the return experience for the customer. I personally don’t see an issue in waiting 7-10 days to receive a refund. This is pretty normal with non-Amazon merchants.

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Whenever Amazon is involved and there's a problem, they make it right - well, as right as they can once a problem happens. That's why we choose to spend a little more and buy through Amazon instead of other online companies.

My only complaints with Amazon are related to predictability of delivery dates. Initially, a date "a" is provided with the order. Then 5 hrs later, they change it to date "b". Sometimes that ends up being the delivery date, but sometimes, they shift it back to "a" or to a completely different date. Plus, they seem to push for grouped shipments to be delivered on Saturday, which is seldom desirable. If they would group ALL shipments into a single delivery, 3 days later AND I could count on it, that would be fantastic. I tried different delivery options trying to figure out which was the most predictable and was never able to find one, except "ASAP", which can be today or tomorrow - assuming they don't need 2 days or 6 weeks.

As great as Amazon is at logistics, they are really poor at predictability.

I would happily group shipments, if they'd actually deliver on the desired day.

I also want to know about any products offered that need international shipping BEFORE I buy. And I'd like to know where a company is located BEFORE I buy. A name isn't an address. Help me to choose where my money goes, Amazon.

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