Burglar steals Y10 mil during 2-year nationwide crime spree
A 45-year-old man has been arrested for burglarizing dozens of homes and other properties across Japan over the course of a crime spree that lasted almost two years, police said Saturday.
The man, who has been named as Hirokimi Watanabe, is believed to have burglarized over 100 properties in eight prefectures. TV Asahi reported that Watanabe was finally arrested for a robbery that took place in Ibaraki in December in which he is believed to have broken into a house and stolen 75,000 yen.
Following his arrest, Watanabe was quoted by police as saying he needed money to live on and to send to his wife and son in Colombia. He is believed to have been stealing from properties, including in Fukushima, since around March 2011. In total, Watanabe is believed to have stolen cash and belongings worth an estimated 10 million yen, police said.