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Police nabs 15-year-old pickpocket at Kokusai Street

Date Posted: 2004-05-27

Naha Police nabbed a 15-year boy at Kokusai Street in Naha City on suspicion of stealing a 14-year-old girl’s purse from her shopping bag, Friday.

According to police investigation, the 14-year-old girl who was visiting Okinawa on a school trip had been shopping with her friends. Suddenly, she noticed that someone was reaching into her shopping bag and grabbed her purse. She turned around only to see the thief running away with the purse and ¥10,000 in cash in it. However, she had a good look at the culprit.

She then called the police, and was able to point out the pickpocket among the crowd. When the police asked the suspect to empty his pockets they found the girl’s purse.

It also turned out that the boy together with his girlfriend had ran away from their homes. Hen questioned they said that they spent their time mostly at game centers and had not been to their homes or school for weeks.

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