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Police arrested the wrong person before taking a woman into custody Wednesday who they said stole a bankbook and a seal from a man’s apartment last month, officials said Thursday.

The officials said Eiko Watanabe, a 44-year-old bar employee, was arrested on suspicion of theft in the case and has confessed. Police initially put a woman in her 40s on a nationwide wanted list for the crime and erroneously arrested her in Shiogama, Miyagi Prefecture, on Tuesday.

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