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Yokohama man arrested for stealing car navigation system, blames Vladimir Putin

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By SoraNews24

At around noon on 30 March, someone in the Aoba Ward of Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, spotted a suspicious person rummaging through a parked minivan and called the police emergency number 110. Officers quickly responded and caught the man while he was still in the apartment complex parking lot and in the process of stealing the vehicle’s navigation system.

The 38-year-old suspect was arrested and questioned by police. During this time he admitted to the attempted theft, telling police, “What Russian President Vladimir Putin did was unforgivable.”

Although the Russian leader has certainly been the focus of headlines worldwide, this was certainly a surprising confession by a would-be electronics thief. The owner of the minivan was determined by police to have no connection to Russia nor to the suspect, leaving his condemnation of Putin a bit of a mystery.

Readers of the news were also left puzzled by this person’s seemingly political motivation for stealing a car navigation system and expressed their confusion in the following comments:

“I have never not understood something as much as this.”

“Lol, what does Putin have to do with this?”

“The real weirdos always come out when the weather warms up.”

“Is this like a butterfly effect thing? Russia invades Ukraine and a car navigation system gets stolen in Japan.”

“Putin, how dare you!”

“This guy clearly watches too much TV.”

“I think it’s an indirect manifestation of his anger over the Ukraine invasion. Just like what Will Smith did.”

Source: KanalocoHachima Kiko

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Why not? Either that or, "I was drunk and don't remember". +10 points for originality.

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Pardon?

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Weird person.

-1 ( +7 / -8 )

Reader wastes 2 minutes of his life reading this drivel.

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Had the same reaction as when I read someone was blaming Putin for gas prices in the country they are in charge of.

basically, “whaaaat”?

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The 38-year-old suspect was arrested and questioned by police. During this time he admitted to the attempted theft, telling police, “What Russian President Vladimir Putin did was unforgivable.”

Reminds me of the "Thanks Obama!" meme that was especially popular among American conservatives for a time.

A non sequitur mostly.

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Perhaps his work was Russia related, such as car exports to Vladivostok where there are more Ex Japanese right hand drive cars then left!

Doesn't condone theft… but seeing as he knows how to remove a Navi, perhaps he did this as work for the export cars…

or just a thief playing games with the cops.

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It’s less weird than you might think. Maybe in a few months some of us are forced to do similar things, when starving, running out of job, money and daily food, because Putin has initiated that war having quite some negative global consequences. Anyway, keep it as peaceful too and only go for navigation systems, not people, like that guy, a possible ‘pioneer’ of the new global order…

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why is this "newsworthy"...?

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There's always some strange news in this section.

I did it because of Putin! It's all his fault!

It's like somebody saying:

The devil made me do it!

They should stick to: I was drunk. I don't remember doing it.

That's more believable.

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EastmanToday  09:43 am JST

why is this "newsworthy"...?

Because of the perpetrator's comment about Putin: isn't that obvious?

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Nice.

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Great excuse for Ukrainians living japan.

good job citizen, and good job police arriving quickly.

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I have never not understood something as much as this.

Ha! Good Sunday morning guffaw.

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blames Vladimir Putin

LOL at least that bloke is in tune with the current msm narrative.

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To be fair, he's only parroting the Neo-Liberal msm narrative.

-4 ( +4 / -8 )

love it!!!!!! (⌒▽⌒)

-4 ( +0 / -4 )

I think he had a bong.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

The poor man wanted to go help Ukraine, but didn’t know which way to drive. What other choice did he have?

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Maybe he needs a navigation system to find Ukraine.

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I think my biggest concern with this article is the poor quality of the journalism - there is no effort whatsoever to elicit any indication of the actual reason the thief was compelled by Putin to commit this offence, no insight or attempt to enquire what the real story behind this half-baked tale may be, just hung-out and left open to idle speculation.

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I think my biggest concern with this article is the poor quality of the journalism - there is no effort whatsoever to elicit any indication of the actual reason the thief was compelled by Putin to commit this offence, no insight or attempt to enquire what the real story behind this half-baked tale may be, just hung-out and left open to idle speculation.

If you're really concerned and want to understand their motivations you could head over to the soranews24 site

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 “What Russian President Vladimir Putin did was unforgivable.”

Saying what he was doing was nothing compared to Putin's? =)

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A moral fable on taking the wrong option when under pressure. If he had said he was drunk and remembered nothing, he'd have walked. If he'd had blamed Facebook, the government would have had him give a speech to the Diet as a victim of Big Tech, and supported him.

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Probably the most cogent of the quoted comments is:

“This guy clearly watches too much TV.”

and the most absurd:

“I think it’s an indirect manifestation of his anger over the Ukraine invasion. Just like what Will Smith did.”

Western media of all ilk has been shouting that President Putin is GUILTY of every possible malfeasance known to elicit hostility in the shallow minded and it's almost inevitable that some of those confused individuals will, sincerely, cross-associate the 'bad guy' even unto why garbage collection is late on a given day...the question then becoming why we did not see such association when the Bush's twice decimated Iraq, just as one of MANY examples, or the slaughter of innocents in Mideastern concentration camps, or why the IRGC are labeled 'terrorists' but the murderous SAVAK were trained by the CIA and celebrated for their 'efficiency'. 'Selective perception' when the selection is made by outside voices is psychopathy's greatest tool...and the next time one spills their coffee, they must remember that it's Vladimir's fault...

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This article belongs to the entertainment section.

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It's not funny. He needs to steal a car because he is poor. And Putin has increased people's cost of living. I live in an area that produces a lot of poor people because of energy and C19. Many shops were closed, and a large number of people lost their jobs. No one wants to sin. The large number of people trying to make the hungry poor obey the law is laughable in itself. Many countries have been hurt by the war in Ukraine.

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Clever! Making everyone confused that makes him set free.

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Yokohama man arrested for stealing car navigation system, blames Vladimir Putin

I think we have to get used to this. Now that the media blame Putin for everything 24/7, of course everyone joins in.

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