An 85-year-old man has been arrested after allegedly stealing two packs of condoms from a convenience store in central Japan over the weekend.
The incident, which made national headlines, occurred at the unidentified store in Gifu City around 11 a.m. Sunday, according to reports.
The main suspect, identified like Ko Sasaki, had no fixed address, police said. He also declared to be self-employed.
The store manager allegedly saw Sasaki pocketing the condoms and stopped him as he was about to leave. Another employee then called the police.
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Reports indicate that condoms cost 2,000 yen (about $14). Sasaki reportedly admitted to his actions, but a motive is still being determined on Monday.
A total of 158,020 incidents of shoplifting were reported in Japan in 2004, according to its National Police Agency. The figure fell to 93,812 in 2019, but cases of stolen items sold online rose from 73 to 727, according to The Mainichi.
Last November, a 77-year-old woman was arrested in Sapporo after allegedly stealing groceries worth 1,236 yen (about $9), according to Japan today. A security guard followed her outside the store and detained her until authorities arrived.
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