Over 20 Police Cars & Chopper Dispatched to Arrest Alleged Manga Thieves

posted on 2012-07-04 01:09 EDT by Egan Loo
3 arrested after 40-minute chase over alleged theft of 98 volumes worth US$700

Police in Miyagi Prefecture arrested three male suspects on Monday for allegedly stealing 98 volumes of manga, and over 20 police cars and at least one helicopter were dispatched for the chase. 24-year-old part-time worker Hirotaka Hirayama from Shiogama City, 24-year-old unemployed Yūki Moriyama from Tagajo City, and 26-year-old unemployed Yutaka Kobayashi from Tagajo are accused of stealing manga volumes worth 56,000 yen (about US$700) from a video rental store in Sendai City at around 2:20 p.m.

According to the police, the three fled in Moriyama's small car at high speeds and repeatedly ignored traffic signals. The police pursued the suspects in over 20 cars and at least one helicopter. After about 40 minutes, the suspects were forced to stop in Sendai's Miyagino district near the Sendai Bay due to a punctured tire. Although the suspect's car brushed past multiple cars, there were no injuries.

Moriyama reportedly denied the charges and any knowledge of the allegations. However, the other two suspects reportedly admitted to the charges.

Source: Kahoku Online Network

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