Tokyo cops: Man stole liquor from host club to sell via Mercari app
tokyoreporter.com -- May 16
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Monday announced the arrest of a 28-year-old man who allegedly stole liquor from a host club in Tokyo to sell via the marketplace app Mercari earlier this year, reports the Sankei Shimbun

On April 12, Kenta Ishizaki, an employee in the construction industry living in Yaizu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, allegedly trespassed into the club, located in the Kabukicho red-light district of Shinjuku Ward, and stole one bottle of brandy (valued at 340,000 yen) and 13 bottles of high-end sake (1.44 million yen).

Ishizaki, who has been accused of theft, admits to the allegations, according to the Shinjuku Police Station.

After the theft, Ishizaki sold the liquor via Mercari. The bottles were shipped to customers from convenience stores and other locations, police said.

Ishizaki became a person of interest after the examination of security camera footage.

Within the jurisdiction of the Shinjuku Police Station, there have been about a dozen similar thefts. Ishizaki is under investigation in those cases, police said.

ホストクラブからブランデーなどを盗んだ疑いで男が逮捕されました。 石崎健太容疑者(28)は先月12日、東京・新宿区歌舞伎町のホストクラブに侵入し、ブランデーなどの高級な酒13本、合わせて144万円相当を盗んだ疑いが持たれています。
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