Man arrested for stealing 200 bicycle seats for their 'scent of a woman'

TOKYO —

Kanagawa Prefectural Police have arrested a man for stealing three seats from women’s electric bicycles in a housing complex at around 4 a.m. on Aug 24. After searching Kondo’s home, they uncovered a further 200 seats.

According to police, Joji Kondo admitted to the crimes saying “I wanted to smell the lingering scent of a woman.” MSN News Japan reported the 35-year-old as saying “I like the texture of the leather and the smell it has. I would lick it and sniff it.”

The three seats were valued at 18,000 yen and the other 200 were estimated to cost a further 1,200,000 yen in total. According to the investigation, Kondo targeted bicycles which were also fitted with child seats, so he knew it had a woman rider.

Source: MSN Sankei News

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  • 19

    TheDevilsAssistant

    I would lick it and sniff it.”

    Something is seriously wrong with this dude.

  • 14

    sensei258

    I wanted to make fun of him, but this guy really needs help.

  • -6

    CalvinMontblanc

    Make fun of him, but the only way I can imagine that these used seats had the values listed in the article is that "somebody" agreed they had added value thanks to their having previously been used by women!

    Also note that its quite bizarre to have 3 seats on one side and 200 on the other, since the value of each comes out to 6000 yen. Or did they mean each of the three was worth 18,000? Which again begs the question, how did a used bicycle seat get to be worth so much?

  • 7

    SauloJpn

    OK, this is way too creepy!!!

  • 1

    TheDevilsAssistant

    Also....I'd hate to see some of the owners of those seats that he....well....was licking and sniffing. I need to throw-up now.

  • 5

    CrazyJoe

    To each his own, but don't commit a criminal act to satisfy your lust.

  • 3

    Mirai Hayashi

    VERY VERY sick people in this world

  • 5

    bass4funk

    Gross! But am I surprised....not really.

  • 3

    Get Real

    Hope no-one hurt themselves on those bare seat posts.

  • 3

    Gobshite

    Was he a policeman by any chance?

    If he isn't a cop, he certainly qualifies!!

  • -11

    hereforever

    Mirai, not in this world, in Japan.

  • 18

    Iwandabaka

    His problem is deep seated.

  • 6

    Farmboy

    So the woman is stuck with a child, an unusable bicycle, and whatever else she is carrying on a hot day. The guy .... well, there are so many broken people these days... I'm not sure how this happens.

  • 7

    Matthew Simon

    Sounds like a future sexual assault waiting to happen

  • 3

    Alphaape

    His problem is deep seated.

    Classic comment.

    Sounds like a future sexual assault waiting to happen

    I agree. Let's look at the profile, 35 and probably living alone. I noticed that they didn't normally call him a "company man" so I assume that he is probably without a job or lowly skiled. I imagine he's a social recluse and if they searched his computer, they would find a trove of perverted information. I hope that they get this guy some help, and not just let him go until he does something very terrible.

  • 0

    Spanki

    Snidger!

  • 0

    Daijoboots

    Kanagawa Prefectural Police have arrested a man for stealing three seats from women's electric bicycles in a housing complex at around 4 a.m. on Aug 24.

    Probably too dark for him to see the wheels of justice coming.

  • -2

    Pukey2

    The three seats were valued at 18,000 yen and the other 200 were estimated to cost a further 1,200,000 yen in total.

    How the heck can the seats be worth that much? I could buy a second hand bicycle for less than that. Do the seats convert the women's 'heat' to electricity to power the bicycles?

    I saw this on the news during the weekend (can't remember which channel). I swear they newsreader was on the verge of laughing.

  • -1

    Pukey2

    they newsreader -> the newsreader

  • 0

    LeszekHikr

    @Iwandabaka, LOL, good one.

  • 0

    Manuel D. Valencia III

    This guy is really mental! Yes, there are really sick people in this country! He definitely needs help!

  • 3

    Jeffrey Rolek

    This guy sounds like a Japanese version of Glen Quagmire from "Family Guy".

  • -2

    MarkG

    Well, he didn't take it to the possible next step. P.T. Barnum said there's a sucker born every minute. I say the same for sexual deviants. At least this one is not harmful that we know so far.

  • 2

    StormR

    Hahaha this is too funny to be true, i have heard of window lickers but bicycle seat lickers take the cake. Sounds like a story out of a monty python or benny hill skit hahaha. Flippin weirdo hahaha

    Guy needs serious help and a few days to refit the seats back on all those bikes.

    Lucky he didnt escalate things as there might have been toilet seats from the lady's missing next thing.

  • 6

    bonword

    For people asking how much the seats cost: Each one is valued at 6000 yen. So, 3 seats = 18,000 yen and 200 seats = 1,200,000 yen.

    For anyone who then says " how can seats cost that much!?": These are genuine leather deluxe-type seats. The are not the regular skinny sort but extra-cushion type with brass rivets, etc. The perpetrator, according to TV news, also admitted he had a leather fetish and would not steal vinyl seats.

  • 0

    Disillusioned

    Will this perverted nutcase receive any kind of counseling as part of his sentence?

  • 1

    Cortes Elijah

    Haha!What a funny start to my day!

  • 4

    Get Real

    Will this perverted nutcase receive any kind of counseling as part of his sentence?

    Not from you, it seems.

  • 3

    TSRnow

    Even if my bicycle seat was stolen by this guy and recovered by police, no way I would want it back. Sick!

  • 0

    Weasel

    Talk about a time bomb waiting to blow up. Just a matter of time before he gravitates towards more serious criminal offenses - then folks will ask, "why didn't someone recognize the signs?"

  • 0

    taijing

    does he lick and sniff the 200 seats one by one everyday? man... this dude needs help...

  • 1

    Gaijin Desi

    Please don't laugh.. Man is sick and suffer from a Syndrome which is a spectrum disorder.. he definitely need medical help.. And please do not compare your intelligence or IQ with him.

  • 0

    Jack Stern

    Don't quite understand his confession to the police. Why wouldn't he just say he was going to sell them or a normal thieves' excuse? Was he coerced into saying what was written in the article by the police or did someone give him a psyco's way out excuse? Baffled by this. I remember the movie, "The scent of a woman" but he was blind.

  • 0

    incognito12

    Now that's a quintessential fetish - combination leather and feminine hygiene.

  • 1

    frenchosa

    Leather saddles can cost as much as 30,000 yen. I have a Brooks saddle which I paid 10,000 yen, When I park my bike at a shop, I cover with a plastic saddle cover because I don't want to get it stolen. Sitting on a nice leather saddle is so much more comfortable than a vinyl saddle.

  • 3

    NeonFraction

    Usually I would never ever use an emoticon, but this sums up my feelings perfectly: O.o

  • 4

    Magnus Roe

    I wonder why he didn't come to our station to lift the seats off bicycles there. That'd be excellent. There are like 900 illegally parked bicycles along the street every day, I dream of running along them with a light saber.

  • 0

    Aaron Loki Brummett

    Achievement unlocked!

  • 0

    almxxx

    Taijing...."This man needs help". Did you mean it was too much sniffing for just one guy to do in a day?

  • 0

    Frungy

    ... have they given the man an STD test? Licking seats in contact with 200 people's posteriors is a sure recipe for the transmission of any number of diseases. I shudder to think.

  • 0

    MrBum

    Hoo-ah!

  • -1

    Francis Urquhart

    This is Japan-normal! Where;s the 'news'?

  • 0

    Yardley

    Not too surprised by this, just disgusted. My friend locked her bike near the station, and when she returned to pick it up after work, some pervert had left a deposit on the seat. She took the bus home.

  • 0

    Jimizo

    Sounds like the frisky Beagle my sister used to keep. Maybe we could retrain him and get him a job at Narita.

  • 1

    smithinjapan

    Hey, Kondo -- the old men these ladies are married to borrow the bikes, kid seats and all, to get around, so I hope you liked the ball sweat.

    Seriously gross.

  • 0

    hikkifan17

    What is wrong with this dude -_-.... I mean seriously steal bike seats that women sat on for scent and to lick? That is just gross and creepy....

  • 1

    Brian Wheway

    This bloke is seriously in need of some help! My mind boggles!

  • 0

    Mark Elrod

    Well, one good thing: At least he wasn't out harming people.

  • -2

    Cos

    He's crazy. Then why stealing as you can just ask around. I'd have given him my old chari for free. I gave it to a guy passing in the street that said he recycled them.

    Also note that its quite bizarre to have 3 seats on one side and 200 on the other

    He was caught on the act with 3 seats, they found 200 in his cave, so they count separately.

  • 0

    Lowly

    Calvin,

    I imagine the price is the estimated cost of replacement, ie new, which is what the owner must do if they want to ride their bike. My bike seat is a Selle, and is 7 or 8,000 Y new. Mid-range bike seats are 4-5,000, and specialty ones go up to 10, or 15, or even 20,000Y. So, no adding value for being women's.

    I like how he targets the seats

    so he knew it had a woman rider.

    indicating that he probably is not recognizing any smell beyond the leather, or a vague sweat smell which is just human, not male or female. Kinda funny if he was licking some teenage baseball player's seat, sweaty after a long practice!

  • -1

    taiko666

    so he knew it had a woman rider.

    Ah yes, in Japan only women ride bicycles with child seats.

    I suggest he doesn't do this in any other country, or he's likely to detect an altogether different scent.

  • -3

    Elbuda Mexicano

    I have an American friend from the lovely state of Michigan, and I bet he would be laughing his ass off if this guy assumed that his electric mamachari bicycle was owned by a woman! This crazy Japanese hentai may be smelling the butts,farts etc...of big hairy American dude's, and not of his so called dream girls! Oh,well??

  • 2

    iskysong

    Dogs exchange their business cards by sniffing each other bums!

    This guy sniffs and licks! Classic scumbag in the making.......!!!

  • 0

    Pukey2

    Thank god my seat is not leather. 6000yen???!!!

  • 0

    Maria Ybanez

    Not, really, EWWW >_<!

  • 1

    Richard bHard

    This is very regrettable!

  • 0

    JA_Cruise

    talk about a desperate man, he could have just done his stuff right in the bike lot than taking the whole damn seat, what an idiot.

  • -1

    ChibaChick

    Sometimes I really miss Japan! You just cant beat it for news headlines!

  • 0

    MeanRingo

    So, would he have been arrested if he'd only sniffed and licked the seats, but not taken them? If he were to let his freak flag fly and just not care what anyone thought, he could just sit outside the stations licking and sniffing seats to his heart's content. That is one weird kink.

  • -1

    eye

    Hoo-ah!

  • -1

    sushilover

    Ringo, I suspect he did a little more than lick and sniff...

  • 0

    DudeDeuce

    I would lick it and sniff it.

    Why do people have to go this far with the info they give? Next thing you know he'll be talking about how he likes to roll around naked with the seats.

  • -1

    gelendestrasse

    Why do you never see stories like this from other countries? Is it because the whack jobs in the US and Europe are all more violent? This has the oddometer pegged but at least nobody was hurt.

  • 0

    AramaTaihenNoYouDidnt

    How can he snatch and stash so many?

  • 0

    presto345

    Two hundred-and-three seats. I wonder what his sniffing/licking schedule was like. Not that I really wish to know . . .

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