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Crime spree ends for teenage gang

Date Posted: 1999-07-09

A young man picked up by police for loitering near a school, has revealed he was part of a gang of junior high school students who took part in a series of robberies throughout Ishigaki City.

The astonishing admission led to the arrest late June of six junior high school students, who police said are responsible for 12 cases of theft from high schools and 19 instances of theft from motor vehicles since their dramatic crime spree started in February.

The incidents came to light June 27 at about 1 a.m. when a Yaeyama Police patrol noticed a young man loitering near a school. When questioned by police about the spate of robberies, the boy admitted his involvement and revealed there was a group of six to nine other delinquent students involved. The boy’s statement to police led them to recover four video players, an amplifier and approximately 40 CDs from the boy’s house and those of four of his accomplices.

The first incident in February netted the thieves a video player worth ¥120,000 from a classroom of an Ishigaki elementary school, which authorities believe had been left unlocked.

Further investigations revealed the gang robbed in total 81 properties, netting ¥217,000 in cash and goods to the value of nearly one million yen.

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