Nitori store guard, arrested for shoplifting while on duty in Saitama
SAITAMA – A store guard was arrested for stealing eight items, including blankets and mattresses worth approximately 38,000 yen, from the Nitori Konosu store in Saitama Prefecture on the night of the 11th of this month.
Nitori store guard, arrested for shoplifting while on duty in Saitama (ANN)
The suspect, Hashimoto, said he was assigned to check the store after closing to make sure there were no suspicious persons in the store. It is believed that he took advantage of his position to remain in the store alone and take away merchandise.
The crime was discovered in an unexpected way because a Nitori employee saw discounted Nitori products on a flea market site.
The items were listed under the slogans “new at a reduced price” and “through our own channels,” with unopened Nitori items listed at lower prices than the list price. The number of items on display was over 700.
A Nitori employee consulted the police, and the involvement of Hashimoto emerged.
Suspect Hashimoto admitted to the crime and said “I have been stealing since around last March.”
The police are investigating the suspect’s involvement, as well as other crimes.
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