Japan Reports Arrest of Elusive 'Toilet Thief'
Investigators from the Chiba Prefectural Police Department had a difficult case to solve. Trained to face criminal minds, they were not sufficiently prepared to face the so-called "God of Toilets". After a series of toilet robberies in Funabashi City, it was members of the police who assigned that codename to the mysterious individual.
It all started in October 2020, when a construction team from a house, obviously under construction, in Funabashi City, showed up at their workplace and discovered that the toilet had been missing since their last shift. It wasn't long before another porcelain throne disappeared from a different house under construction, and since then reports have continued to reach the police incessantly, with the tally reaching 18 stolen toilets.
But the Police Department ultimately settled the case, having traced all the robberies back to 26-year-old office clerk Ryusei Takada, who was arrested and taken into custody last week. Takada previously worked at a home construction company, and it is likely that his knowledge of the work flow on site and common security measures allowed him to continue his crime streak for as long as he did.
Takada, who has already admitted to all the thefts, mentioned that he stole the toilets, as well as other items from the construction sites, to sell in second-hand stores and earn some income for his livelihood. It's honestly not sure if thrift stores buy toilets, and it's hard to imagine anyone would show up to sell such a thing. Finally, the police have not publicly revealed how they tracked down Takada, but it is possible that word eventually got out about a man bringing toilets to be sold to thrift stores through people.
Source: Livedoor News