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NAHA, Okinawa Pref. (Kyodo) A 19-year-old U.S. Marine has been arrested on suspicion of stealing and a 33-year-old U.S. airman for an alleged traffic violation in separate cases in Okinawa Prefecture, the police said Sunday.

The Okinawa Prefectural Police arrested the lance corporal from the U.S. Marines’ Makiminato Service Area in the city of Urasoe for allegedly stealing about ¥3,000 from a taxi in Ginowan at around 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

The Marine was apprehended on the spot by police officers responding to a report from the driver. The marine denied the allegation, the police said.

The taxi driver called the police after the marine, who was sitting in the front passenger seat, reached into his cash box while the car was in the drive-through lane of a hamburger joint.

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