Police arrest wrong woman for supermarket theft
Police admitted Tuesday that they had mistakenly arrested a woman in her 40s in January for a theft she didn’t commit at a supermarket in Adachi Ward last Dec 20.
According to police, a woman stole a cordless iron and 14 other items worth around 32,000 yen from a supermarket by putting them in a shopping bag and leaving without paying. When the woman attempted to leave on her bicycle, store security approached her and she abandoned both the bicycle and the shopping bags and fled.
Police used the bicycle registration to call the home of the woman who owned the bicycle, but her husband told police she said the bicycle had been stolen. After analyzing security camera footage of the incident and hearing testimony from the store’s security staff, investigators determined that the woman in her 40s was the thief and arrested her on Jan 26.
The woman denied the charges, and police released her the next day, after another woman, aged 39—who looked similar to the woman arrested—was nabbed for trying to shoplift at a store.
On Tuesday, police issued an apology and promised to conduct their investigations more carefully.