Yōichi Yonehata, a 23-year-old unemployed man, was charged in Tokyo’s Edogawa Ward on November 14 for stealing 101 volumes of manga. The suspect reportedly said, “I’m in deep debt, so I was going to resell the books back to used bookstores.” He is suspected of stealing Detective Conan, Hana Yori Dango, and other manga worth about 60,000 yen (US$500) from the Tsutaya’s main Edogawa store on November 3 between 4:20 and 4:40 p.m. He allegedly took about 50 volumes out of the store in a plastic bag, hid them in a parking lot, and then went back to get more. He was caught when a nearby bicycle store’s employee spotted him.
…I want to be glad that they caught him but I’m impressed that he managed to make it out with that many volumes without getting caught (at first).
Lesson learned: Doesn’t matter if you’re rich or not, greed gets your arse caught.