Man accused of stealing electricity from Fukuoka convenience store to cook rice and noodles


Fukuoka Prefecture (Mainichi) Police Headquarters

FUKUOKA – A man was arrested on May 25 on suspicion of stealing electricity from a convenience store to cook rice and yakisoba noodles, police said.

According to the Kasuya Police Station of the Fukuoka Prefecture Police, the 38-year-old man whose address and occupation is unknown is charged with theft and trespassing in the Koga prefectural town store.

Police suspect the man entered the store’s property around 5:50 a.m. on May 25 and plugged a portable induction hob and rice cooker into outlets on the store’s exterior wall without permission. He declined to comment on the allegations, investigators said.

A store worker called the police emergency number and officers rushed to the scene. The man locked himself in a light car in the parking lot and ignored officers’ calls for him to emerge. In the afternoon, he started the car and drove away, but officers found him about 50 minutes later, stuck in a traffic jam in the Hakata district of Fukuoka. They then broke the car window and arrested him.

(Japanese original by Hiroshi Kuno and Akira Iida, Kyushu News Department)

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