Tag - theft



Japanese police have arrested four Vietnamese people for allegedly stealing more than 5,000 items from Uniqlo and other clothing shops in Japan.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Feb 7, 2024
Four Vietnamese arrested for repeated shoplifting at Uniqlo
The group is believed to have stolen 5,237 items, with estimated losses totaling around ¥20 million.
Jesus Crispin Remulla, Philippines' justice secretary, speaks during an interview at the Justice Department in Manila on Thursday.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jan 22, 2024
Philippines says it has learned lessons from 'Luffy' crime ring case
One lesson is to place a limit on detainees access to smartphones and other communication tools.
Kiyoto Imamura, suspected to be a senior members of a crime ring, is transported to prosecutors from a police station in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward in a vehicle on July 21.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 27, 2023
Four 'Luffy' suspected ringleaders indicted over 2022 robbery
The men are suspected to have planned from the Philippines a home invasion in western Tokyo, in which a resident was beaten and robbed of gold and cash.
Kiyoto Imamura, who the police suspect used the pseudonym "Luffy" when planning and coordinating scams and burglaries.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 5, 2023
'Luffy' crime ring members served fresh warrants over 2022 robbery
The latest arrests mark the final charges from eight cases of burglary across the country subject to intensive police investigation since June.
A man, who said he was jailed for two years, speaks on condition of anonymity in temporary housing for former prisoners in Tokyo. Criminal recruits in Japan are being "exploited and disposed of as pawns" by gang leaders, the National Police Agency has said.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Nov 24, 2023
Why Japan's gangs are recruiting online
For Japan's criminal underworld, social media offers an anonymous way to connect with anyone willing to commit crimes to earn money.
Police are looking for a suspect in his 40s to 50s following an assault and robbery in Hachioji, western Tokyo, on Wednesday.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Oct 12, 2023
Police hunting for suspect after assault and robbery in Tokyo house
The suspect is described as a man in his 40s to 50s wearing a gray jacket and pants and standing 180 centimeters tall.
Dendrobium orchids — highly sought after due to their use in traditional Chinese medicine — growing in the wild in Nepal.
Oct 8, 2023
The orchid obsession: How science and smuggling meet in a global trade
Love of the flowers has a dark side, with the desire for rare varieties underpinning a robust illegal trade believed to have wiped out entire species.
Customers load their shopping into a vehicle at a New World supermarket in Wellington, operated by Foodstuffs New Zealand.
ASIA PACIFIC / Crime & Legal
Sep 27, 2023
Cost-of-living stress fuels crime wave in Australia and New Zealand
While the thefts are brazen, organized and increasingly violent, experts say the shoplifting underscores the hardship many people are facing.
A screen grab from video footage taken by an eyewitness shows three masked suspects fleeing a Rolex specialty store in Tokyo's Ginza district in May.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Sep 25, 2023
18-year-old Ginza robbery suspect gets 4½ years in prison
It was ruled that Shoma Torii bears serious criminal responsibility, since he went ahead with the heist even after he was informed it was a robbery.
Police officers investigate the scene of a suspected robbery-murder in the suburban Tokyo city of Komae in January.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Sep 12, 2023
'Luffy' crime ring members charged again for robbery and murder
Police believe the four men remotely coordinated the robbery while being held at an immigration detention facility in Manila.
Aichi Prefectural Police investigators raid a car dealership in Komaki in August last year.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Aug 28, 2023
Car thefts on the rise in Japan as vehicle prices remain high
Cases of car theft increased last year for the first time in almost a decade, with Aichi the most affected prefecture, and are still rising rapidly.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Aug 12, 2023
British man won't be extradited over 2015 Tokyo jewelry heist
A court decision cited human rights concerns in Japan as a reason behind the decision.
The number of crimes recorded in Japan rose more than 20% in the first half of 2023 compared to the same period the previous year, police data has shown.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jul 20, 2023
Crime in Japan rises in first half of 2023 as COVID-19 restrictions ease
A total of 333,003 cases were reported in the first half of the year, up by 21.1% from the previous year, rising for the first time in 21 years on a January-June basis.
Japan Times
Jul 5, 2023
Here's why Pokemon cards are becoming a target of burglaries in Japan
Rare cards can now be traded for more than ¥100 million, and shops carrying them have become the target of burglaries.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jun 29, 2023
'Luffy' crime ring suspect indicted over Kyoto jewelry shop robbery
Police suspect that Kiyoto Imamura orchestrated the robbery of a jewelry shop in Kyoto on May 2 last year.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jun 13, 2023
Man arrested for alleged theft of Pokemon cards worth ¥1.15 million
The suspect told police that he responded to a Twitter post and stole the cards based on instructions from another person.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jun 12, 2023
Man arrested over daytime robbery in Kawasaki as second suspect remains at large
Two people entered the store located near Kawasaki Station at around 1.pm. on Sunday and smashed its display cases, before being intercepted by the store’s manager and fleeing.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal / EXPLAINER
May 19, 2023
What are the risks of 'dark' part-time jobs? A former detective explains.
Many young people are drawn in, mistakenly thinking that they won"t be held responsible because of their age.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
May 11, 2023
Tokyo teacher sent to prosecutors for murder was likely laden with debt
Kosuke Omoto, 36, allegedly fatally stabbed Masafumi Yamagishi, 63, at the latter"s home in Tokyo"s Edogawa Ward, apparently to steal valuables.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
May 10, 2023
Teens held after Ginza heist claim not to know each other
Police will analyze smartphones used by the suspects and probe their relationship and how they came together before the Monday robbery.


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