Japanese ‘ninja pickpocket’ arrested in Rome metro


Police in Rome have arrested a 35-year-old Japanese man suspected of picking the pockets of numerous subway passengers, Italy’s ANSA news agency reported.

The man, dubbed the “ninja of the metro,” was arrested Sunday while allegedly trying to steal a mobile phone from a passenger’s pocket in Barberini Station near the Trevi Fountain.

His bald pate and calm behavior made him look like a samurai warrior from ancient times, according to the news agency.

ANSA reported that the man came to Italy after the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami in the Tohoku region, but his name and other details were not revealed.

Police have reported a recent rise in pickpocketing believed to be carried out by a group of Asians in Rome’s subway stations, including Barberini.