Truck driver steals Y4 mil from vending machines over 2 years

IBARAKI —

A man in Ibaraki has been arrested in relation to over 300 cases of vandalism and robbery from vending machines, police said Tuesday.

The man, who has been named as 42-year-old truck driver Kennichi Hirose, is accused of vandalizing two vending machines located at a Tsukuba construction site and stealing 8,730 yen, TV Asahi reported. Hirose is believed to have used crowbars and metal cutters to pry open the front panels of the machines and steal the cash storage boxes.

Police say that Hirose is accused of carrying out similar crimes in Ibaraki, Chiba and Saitama prefectures. They believe that Hirose may be responsible for up to 332 similar cases that have been reported since April 2010. Estimates put the amount stolen at around 4 million yen.

During police questioning, Hirose was quoted as saying he used the money to spend on himself.

Japan Today

  • 11

    Mocheake

    He spent it on himself? No way! I would have guessed he gave it to a church or an orphanage. Truly shocked.

  • 1

    cl400

    Will this be our 'national douche of the day' story on J-T?

  • 0

    Ewan Huzarmy

    He used it todays buy sodas ?

  • 0

    GW

    Ewan,

    Haha maybe from the same machines he nicked from LOL!

  • 1

    Resurfaced

    He will be charged for theft and destruction of private property. That will bring him about 2 to 4 years in prison. Plus a big fine for the destruction.

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    JapanGal

    Did he steal items from the machines too? What kind of machines held the most money?

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    ebisen

    each of those machine is worth about 5-9000 USD. He'll probably have to pay the repairs for all of them, then a huge fine on top. He'll have to do this out of his prison pocket money for the next 1-3 years.

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