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Woman arrested for stealing customer’s pouch with ¥790,000 in it at supermarket

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Police in Kitami, Hokkaido Prefecture, have arrested a 53-year-old unemployed woman on suspicion of stealing a pouch containing about 792,000 yen in cash, left behind by a customer at a supermarket.

The theft occurred at around 10:30 a.m. on January 14, Hokkaido Broadcasting Corp reported. Police identified the woman from store security camera footage, and arrested her on Monday.

Police did not say where the customer left the pouch or how the woman obtained it.

Police said the woman has admitted to the allegation.

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I wonder why she was walking around with so much cash?

6 ( +9 / -3 )

on suspicion of stealing a pouch containing

She's not necessary stealing, she might want to go to koban to return it. However in order to return koban, koban love paper works so people who found an item can spend significant time just to report finding an item.

-10 ( +5 / -15 )

She's not necessary stealing, she might want to go to koban to return it. 

Exactly what the police told me when my wallet and phone were stolen. I even had a GPS on the phone and police told not to worry, they were probably on their way as we spoke. Never happened.

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@BertieWooster

I wonder why she was walking around with so much cash?

Unless I am blind, I don't think the article mentions the gender of the original owner of the cash.

But it might be someone like my wife, who used to always made me nervous when she rode her bike to deposit our school's tuition fee money. She said it was safe. But, back in the day they use to fly helicopters overhead to warn our ward's population to be wary of bag snatchers.

11 ( +11 / -0 )

Oops typos in my comment: "make" and "would ride".

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@sakurasuki Doubt it! She had no need to go to a koban! An honest person would hand it in at the service counter or to the store manager without even looking inside!

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She's not necessary stealing, she might want to go to koban to return it.

Theft occurred on 1/14, arrest on 3/18. https://news.yahoo.co.jp/articles/a85474a8eb04ebbf2860f11107246af1d51f6eb4

7 ( +7 / -0 )

Once, I picked up my packages on the train to get off, and I believed my handbag was among them and found that I left it on the train. The next day I got a call from the train station that my handbag was handed in with everything in-tact that included my k-tai.

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Once, I picked up my packages on the train to get off, and I believed my handbag was among them and found that I left it on the train. The next day I got a call from the train station that my handbag was handed in with everything in-tact that included my k-tai.

Japan is great for that. I lost my wallet on the train once and got it back with all cards and money.

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tigerjane

Once, I picked up my packages on the train to get off, and I believed my handbag was among them and found that I left it on the train. The next day I got a call from the train station that my handbag was handed in with everything in-tact that included my k-tai.

So for the most part the Japanese are honest people.

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I wonder why she was walking around with so much cash?

Very typical in Japan.

People dont understand the wealth around them.

5 ( +7 / -2 )

Beyond

Humans are honest by nature. Thank goodness for that.

If you lost your wallet on the streets of London or New York you would never see it again.

When I first lived in Nagano, the skiers would pile up their luggage outside the JR station while they went to have lunch. Expensive luggage.

The many shops that have items outside on the streets. In many cities, those items would be stolen.

In the UK and the US gangs of young kids go into shops and steal many items including iPhones from Apple stores.

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Where is the research and evidence for that?! It may be true but that's a bit of cherry-picking, isn't it?

25 years of living in London with regular visits to New York. You have a high chance of being mugged in both cities. A high chance of being shot in NY. Stabbing in London is high.

True, but there is theft everywhere whether it's gangs or individuals. Japan has one of the highest elderly shoplifting rates in the World.

Where is the research and evidence for that?! It may be true but that's a bit of cherry-picking, isn't it?

There are no gangs of elderly people robbing stores.

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As much as I looooove Japan, I just don't buy the Japan Exceptionalism BS I'm afraid (except for the food!).

I never said anything about that.

The article and the comments are about Japan. Saying the Japanese are honest does not mean other people are not. Crime rates and figures reveal the picture better.

There are many cities and places in the world where you better be street-smart to survive.

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You are the one who said all people are basically honest.

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Back on topic please.

The only time I lost anything of value (my wallet) was in Japan. Nobody brought it back. I must have dropped it in the train or the floor in train station.

But it is true, by experience, that you have very little chance on average to be stolen in Japan.

Because if you get caught, one gets deported if foreigner or blamed officially if a national with all its consequences.

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I hope they let the woman go free. It was very provocative leaving a pouch with so much cash.

-5 ( +0 / -5 )

What's a 'pouch' in this case, anyway?

Without looking inside, the woman would not have known it contained money. If truly honest, she should have handed it in as is, and only checked the contents together with the store manager.

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Hand it in and collect 15% reward.

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