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Man Arrested After 'Stealing 700 Pieces Of Women’s Underwear' In Japan

Man Arrested After 'Stealing 700 Pieces Of Women’s Underwear' In Japan

A man has been arrested after being found with over 730 pairs of stolen panties at his home

Anish Vij

Anish Vij

Police have arrested a man for allegedly stealing 700 garments of ladies' underwear from a laundrette in Japan.

56-year-old suspect Tetsuo Urata was reportedly caught stealing six pairs of panties from a 21-year-old student at a coin-op laundry in the southern Japanese prefecture of Oita.

When his home was searched by police, they found an additional 730 garments, according to local media.


The images provided show hundreds of panties laid out on the floor, with police insisting they 'haven't confiscated such a large number of panties in years.' Sounds like they're suggesting this bizarre crime isn't that uncommon... wow.

Users on social media have been finding the man's actions pretty difficult to get their heads around.

One user wrote: "What was he even doing with so many? I hope he thinks about what he's done in prison."

A second user added: "It used to be that you could steal a piece or two of clothing easily at coin laundries, but now they're equipped with security cameras so stop it already."


Whilst a third user concluded: "Not only does it suck to have your stuff stolen, but then you have to spend money and buy more. What a jerk!"

The man's arrest occurred last month (August 24) and reports say he is yet to be convicted.

To take things up a notch, back in 2012, police in Thailand arrested a man who allegedly stole over 10,000 pairs of women's underwear.

According to Digital Spy, the 48-year old was caught by police breaking into a building in the Chinatown area of Bangkok. They later found over a thousand pairs of underwear in his car and incredibly, over ten thousand in his home.

Major General Saroj Promcharoen said: "He smelled them all the time. Even while driving."

That is very grim indeed.

It was also reported that he had supposedly been stealing underwear since the age of 18.

The man was not charged with stealing underwear, however, he was charged with stealing other property.

Featured Image Credit: Newsflash

Topics: crime, Japan