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3 Arrested for Stealing Dragon Ball Vending Machine (Updated)

posted on 2008-10-26 19:55 EDT
Machine with 20 Y200 figures stolen in Japan "because they sell for high prices"

Not-So-Daily Link of the Day: The Moriyama police station in the central Japanese prefecture of Shiga has arrested a man and two teenagers on October 22 on suspicion of stealing Dragon Ball anime figures — and the vending machine holding the figures. According to the police investigation, Tatsuya Chiyo, a 21-year-old concrete construction worker from Shiga's Rittō City, and two 16-year-old high school boys from the same city took a vending machine from outside a used bookstore in Moriyama on July 7. Inside the machine were about 20 figures that sold for 200 yen (about US$2) each. The vending machine itself is worth about 14,000 yen (US$140).

Even though the bookstore had more than ten vending machines stacked side-by-side, the suspects reportedly took just the machine with the Dragon Ball figures "because they sell for high prices." The police say that they identified Chiyo from the fingerprints that were found on the machine after it had been abandoned in a nearby park.

Source: Sports Nippon

Image © Bird Studio/Shueisha, Toei Animation

Update: Moriyama's spelling corrected. Thanks, Tyler.


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