• Kyodo News


A 25-year-old man arrested in Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture, for allegedly stealing a bicycle in Tokyo in late August says he traveled the roughly 1,000 km from the capital on the bike, according to police.

Otoya Muramatsu, who is unemployed and of no fixed address, is suspected of taking the sport utility bike, owned by a 15-year-old high school boy and worth about ¥30,000, around 10 p.m. Aug. 28 after finding it abandoned by someone else on a street in Toshima Ward, Tokyo, the Yamaguchi police said Sunday.

They said they learned that the bike had been stolen after Muramatsu was questioned by police officers for allegedly shoplifting in a shopping center in Shimonoseki.

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