Japanese policemen in Beppu town arrested man who allegedly stole hundreds of women’s underwear from coin-operated laundromats in the area, Insider reports.
Tetsuo Urata, 56, was arrested on August 24 after a 21-year-old student said she stole six pairs of her underwear. Urata was arrested in her apartment and has since confessed to her crimes. Authorities also found a huge amount of underwear at Urata’s residence. “We haven’t confiscated so many panties in years,” a spokesperson for the Beppu City Police Department told Japanese media. speak New York Daily News. They claimed to have confiscated more than 730 pairs of underwear.
Surprisingly, crimes of this nature are increasingly common in Japan. In March, authorities arrested Takahiro Kubo, a 30-year-old electrician who claimed to have stolen more than 400 underwear and swimsuits from teenage girls. In 2019, police also confiscated more than 1,000 pairs of women’s underwear from a 40-year-old man who stored them in a futon at his residence.
In the United States, Alabama police discovered more than 400 panties at the home of John Thomas Uda, 27, accused of removing them from laundromats in 2019, per The daily beast. He was also in possession of photos of women, including co-workers. “If we can keep [him] in prison the public will certainly be better off, ”Dothan Police Lt. Scott Owens said of the arrest.