A man suspected of stealing bicycles and a crate of beer was arrested by Kochi Prefectural Police last week. 43-year old Takahashi Nobugiyo was taken into custody and charged with theft. Police who took him into custody informed the unemployed and homeless Takahashi of the charges against him. He admitted to it and told police that “Running the bar wasn’t going so well; I was sick of my life so I set out on a nomadic journey.”
By July of last year, he began his wandering and left Kattori in the prefecture of Chiba where he resided and traveled through Nagano, Niigata, Hiroshima, Kochi and Miyazaki Prefectures. The distance he traveled was estimated at 1,600 kilometers (994 miles), using 4 stolen bikes to move from one place to another. Initial investigations by the police showed that he has stolen 3 bicycles parked in bike racks found outside pachinko parlors in Niigata, Kochi and Miyazaki between September and November last year. He also stole a crate of beer worth 15,000 yen (about US$145) from a warehouse.
After months of searching for the suspect, police discovered him sleeping on the streets in Minami-satsuma on Dec. 29. When he was arrested for stealing beer, police found some coins, a change of clothes and a small map of Japan with him. He told police that he “ate day by day by pinching things from supermarkets.” He was further charged with the bicycle thefts last week.
[via Japan Crush]