Senior citizen steals 159 bicycle seats as ‘revenge,’ arrested

/ 04:55 PM October 08, 2019
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A 61-year-old man was arrested for stealing 159 bicycle seats “as a form of revenge,” after his own seat was swiped.

Officers from the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department’s Kamata Precinct caught Akio Hatori in Tokyo, Japan this week, as per Kyodo/Hachima Kiko via Sora News yesterday, Oct. 7.


The arrest followed an incident where Hatori swiped a bicycle seat in Ota Ward last Aug. 29. Footage from a security camera showed Hatori removing a seat from a bicycle and putting it inside his own bicycle’s basket, before leaving the scene. Hatori also had other stolen bicycle seats in his basket, as seen in another security video.

After police took Hatori into custody, they searched his home. The investigation revealed that Hatori had been storing other stolen seats, prior to the one he ran away with in August. As per report, the number of ill-gotten items totaled to 159 pieces.


The stolen bicycle seats ranged from shades of brown to black, as seen during a press conference by the police. One @orangechiryouin shared a photo of the items on Twitter last Thursday, Oct. 3.

As to why he had swiped and kept the bicycle seats, the report quoted his statement to investigators: “I wanted other people to feel what I had gone through, and I stole the seats as a form of revenge.” Ryan Arcadio/JB



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