Mie man used Go To Travel to go bag-snatching in Tokyo
tokyoreporter.com -- Jan 20
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 52-year-old man from Mie Prefecture who is suspected of using a government-supported campaign to travel to the capital to carry out a bag theft, reports NHK

At around 2:00 p.m. on October 9, Eiji Takami allegedly used a rented motorbike to approach a woman, 69, from behind on a road in Adachi Ward and snatch her bag containing about 8,000 yen in cash.

The woman was not hurt in the incident, police said.

Upon his arrest on January 16, Takami denied the allegations. “I shot YouTube videos,” the suspect told police.

Takami lives in Nabari City, Mie. Three days before the incident, the suspect took a bus to the capital. He had reserved the motorbike from a shop in advance. He stayed at a hotel for three nights, police said.

To pay for the hotel, Takami used the government’s Go To Travel discount program, which was in effect last year to encourage tourism amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Takami surfaced as a person of interest in the incident after an examination of security camera footage.

- tokyoreporter.com

GoTo利用で東京滞在 ひったくりの疑いで三重県の男逮捕 「GoToトラベル」を利用して東京を訪れ、ひったくりをしたとして、三重県の52歳の男が警視庁に逮捕されました。  窃盗の疑いで逮捕された三重県名張市の会社員・高見栄治容疑者(52)は去年10月、東京足立区の路上で歩いていた女性に原付バイクで近づき、追い抜きざまに現金およそ7700円などが入った手提げバッグをひったくった疑いがもたれています。  高見容疑者は高速バスを使って上京し、「GoToトラベル」を利用してホテルに3泊していて、レンタルした原付バイクで犯行に及んだということです。防犯カメラの捜査などから、高見容疑者が浮上したということですが、取り調べに対し容疑を否認したうえで、上京の目的を「YouTubeの動画を撮影にきた」と話しているということです。  - TBS NEWS

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