Sock thief on the loose in Chiba

CHIBA —

A high school girl was knocked to the ground by an unknown assailant who proceeded to steal one of her socks before making his escape in Ichihara, Chiba Prefecture, police said Friday.

According to police, the 16-year-old girl was walking home from school at around 5:30 p.m. on Thursday when the incident occurred, TV Asahi reported. She was quoted by police as saying that a man grabbed her ankle, forced her to the ground and pulled her left sock from her foot. Police say the girl was not injured in the attack.

The girl’s assailant escaped on foot following the incident. He was described as being in his 30s, around 160 cm tall and wearing a black down jacket.

Police say they believe this incident may be linked to three similar cases which have been reported since September in which high school girls had socks stolen while walking home.

Japan Today

  • 6

    Ewan Huzarmy

    Oh oh a sox-maniac !

    I'm just glad the girl wasn't hurt. what about the others ? Men here are getting weirder and creepier.

  • 3

    combinibento

    I don't want to know what he does with those socks...

  • 5

    Baibaikin

    Police say they believe this incident may be linked to three similar cases which have been reported since September in which high school girls had socks stolen while walking home.

    Whatever made the police think the incidents were related?!

  • 1

    electric2004

    Gross.

  • 2

    wontond

    I don't want to know what he does with those socks...

    This is Japan...he's probably not doing what we think he's doing.

  • 1

    Ewan Huzarmy

    This is Japan...he's probably not doing what we think he's doing

    Is he selling them online , to other pervs ?

  • 1

    Disillusioned

    These pervs seem to be getting lower and lower! They started with bras, then undies and now socks! How low can you go?

    At least the girl physically hurt, but you can bet she was heavily traumatized. And, you can also bet she has not been offered any counseling or support to deal with the trauma of the attack.

  • -1

    titaniumdioxide

    This hold upper, I mean "sock-upper" is mentally damaged. He and his counterpart, the "Hair cutter" , are making people anxious about the future. Creepiness to the max!!!

  • 5

    Ewan Huzarmy

    I think this nut will continue ....... until he gets a matching pair !

  • 4

    JapanGal

    What is so special about school girl socks?

    Does he sniff them?

  • 0

    JA_Cruise

    he wants to ochestrate a sock puppet show

  • 1

    DudeDeuce

    Does he sniff them?

    Yes, there's some people out there with a foot odor fetish. Like that guy a few years ago who walked into a school and stole all of the kids' shoes. He rented a storage unit for all of the shoes and went everyday to get high off of the odor.

  • 8

    Matthew Simon

    They would really be in for a odorous surprise if they stole my sock.

  • -3

    Lilic

    Only Japanese perv does that!

  • 3

    lostrune2

    And here we thought our dryer was the culprit! We apologize, dear dryer-san.

  • 1

    kominka

    And I thought stealing undergarments off balconies was weird. Catch this guy!

  • 1

    Serrano

    "Does he sniff them?"

    He stole the sock at around 5:30pm, after she'd most likely been wearing her shoes and socks all day - of course he's sniffing them!

    "How low can you go?"

    "Shoes?"

    Poke beat me to it!

  • 3

    rickyvee

    salacious sock stealer sniffs students'stinky socks

  • 1

    Thunderbird2

    So we've had the hair cutter, the undies stealer. and the yoghurt flinger... now the sock stealer?

    I used to think that the upskirt photo pervs were as weird as Japanese pervs got, but since joining JT my eyes have been opened to a whole new selection.

    I hope the girl isn't going to suffer long-term.

  • 2

    House Atreides

    She was quoted by police as saying that a man grabbed her ankle, forced her to the ground and pulled her left sock from her foot.

    He wanted a sock, so she should have given him one... to the face.

  • 1

    blanko

    He was probably on bath salts.

  • 3

    randomenigma

    The important details are missing from the report. Were they over knee socks? Loose socks? Or just boring ankle socks?

  • 0

    Lew Archie

    He wanted a sock, so she should have given him one... to the face.

    Yep, I think we should all sock him one.

  • 1

    technosphere

    Freaked perverts!

  • 0

    Serrano

    Hey, socks are expensive in Japan, even at the 100 yen shop you get only one pair for 100 yen!

  • 1

    Braindead

    It's better that he took the sock home and raped it than the poor girl.

  • -3

    flammenwerfer

    is in wrong that this story just made me snort with laughter? schadenfreude I guess.

  • -3

    Korlacan Khanthavilay

    Do they have a picture of the girl? I wanna know who's sock I just bought.

    OHHHHHHHHHHhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!

  • 0

    YuriOtani

    Least he did not steal her briefs. Good Lord these perverts are getting more perverted.

  • -2

    WilliB

    Wow, talk about a high socks drive!

  • 1

    CrisGerSan

    I am glad to read that Dryer San is off the hook. Now we can focus on catching the real perv who is at work on this. Someone needs some help for sure and i do hope the poor girl does get some counseling.

  • 1

    theFu

    a) I was blaming Dryer-San for all my missing socks all these years. b) I really need to see the other sock, on foot please. Including a little ankle would be a plus. No shoes. c) Certainly someone in Japan is working on computer-smell-o-stink interface.

    It has been a few years since I was last in Japan, but didn't they sell worn under panties in vending machines? Seems like a least 1 customer has moved onto socks.

  • 0

    tapi0ca

    'give a whole new meaning to the phrase, "knocked me out of my socks."

    Or perhaps he misheard the phrase "life sucks."

  • 0

    Fadamor

    And I thought stealing undergarments off balconies was weird. Catch this guy!

    Well, that's still weirder than stealing socks off of feet. Why steal them AFTER they've been laundered?! (and yes, I'm saying that with tongue-in-cheek).

  • 2

    jj1980

    sigh In China 22+ people are stabbed, USA 27+ are shot to death, Japan a sock gets stolen. And people claim Japan is full of loonies.

  • 0

    AustPaul

    Bizarre, but I guess there are some weirdos with weird fetishes out there.

  • 0

    AkariYoshida

    Has a theory of a stalker come up? maybe this guy has something about high school girls.this has been proven in history that a person like this can escalate and kidnap or kill a girl

  • 0

    Guza!

    lol a sock :/ should be glad thats all the thief took!

  • -1

    WilliB

    Guza!

    " lol a sock :/ should be glad thats all the thief took! "

    Yes, but it was still a violent attack. A different category from the standard clothesline thiefs. Not all the funny for the victim, really. Would you enjoy being thrown to the ground by a nutter who wants your socks?

  • 0

    Dennis Bauer

    @blanko if he was on bath salts he would probably have eaten them (with th foot attached :O)

    Strange fetish, i think it sox!

  • 0

    Guza!

    Yes, but it was still a violent attack. A different category from the standard clothesline thiefs. Not all the funny for the victim, really. Would you enjoy being thrown to the ground by a nutter who wants your socks?

    I was trying to see the more positive aspect of this bizar event, but Id sure the heck like to see someone try that on me though xD

  • 0

    badsey3

    It is wrong to attack anyone of school-age for any reason. They are children and should be protected until adult-hood. Correct them or their parents when they are wrong, -but attacks are not necessary.

    =this sort of attack is bizarre and should not be tolerated.

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