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Tourist steals girl’s handbag at beach

Date Posted: 2010-09-02

A mainland Japanese tourist who stole another tourist’s handbag at Azama Sun-Sun Beach tells police he did it because “I was so interested in the girl’s personal goods.”

The 28-year-old Yusuke Kawahara didn’t fit the ordinary mold of a thief, police say of the incident at Nanjo City’s Chinen area. Kawahara is a civil servant with the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. Yonabaru Police say Kawahara had been acting unusual, taking pictures of young girls with a digital camera, a move described by one witness as strange as she questioned “what is he doing?”

As the girls being photographed moved from the rest area to the beach, leaving their bags behind, Kawahara stepped in a tried picking up one bag. Witnesses immediately grabbed him and called police. Kawahara says he is visiting Okinawa on vacation.

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