Allow me to introduce ... the shitagidorobo - the man who nicks your knickers.
From Japan Today:
HOKUTO - A 45-year-old man was arrested for stealing women's underwear from a laundromat in Yamanashi Prefecture, police said Wednesday.
The man, identified as YF* from Hokuto, is alleged to have stolen more than 400 items, of which more than half were stockings.
"I started stealing them three years ago," YF was quoted as saying, admitting to the charge. "I had a thing for women's legs and I enjoyed wearing them."
The above photo depicts the fruits of his endeavours. Now, I'm not one to rain on anyone's parade - whatever you're into, go ahead as long as you don't harm anyone else - but I have had underwear and other clothes stolen in Australia and it's downright annoying. Certainly not the worst thing that can happen by any stretch of the imagination, but they could at least buy their own.
This also, from April last year:
NAGOYA - A 50-year-old man accused of stealing woman's [sic] underwear was arrested Friday, with police seizing about 1,700 pieces of underwear and other items from a garage he used, law enforcers said. The man, HA, was arrested on suspicion of theft.
He has reportedly admitted to the allegations. "I was responsible for around 250 incidents from 1990," he was quoted as telling police. "I haven't been able to talk to girls since I was a student, so I became interested in underwear."
Investigators accuse HA of smashing a window to gain entry to a 43-year-old female office worker's home in Midori-ku, Nagoya, at about 6:30 p.m. on April 11, then stealing 67 items of underwear.
When police searched the garage listed as HA's place of work, they reportedly found about 1,700 pieces of underwear and other items. HA had cased out apartments where he committed the thefts and pressed the intercoms at doors to check that no one was home before going in to steal items, police said.
He reportedly committed the thefts while driving around eastern Nagoya and the Aichi Prefecture cities of Toyota, Nisshin and other areas on business.
Some truly astonishing stealth-like manoeuvres there - what a criminal genius: Press the intercom and see if someone's home. If not, steal their knickers. This chap was outdone by the one and only shitagidorobo master.
From August, last year:
YOKOHAMA - Kanagawa prefectural police on Wednesday re-arrested a 46-year-old man on charges of stealing women's underwear, local media reported Thursday.
The man, identified as KM, was arrested earlier this month for trespassing.
When police searched his home in Kanazawa Ward, they confiscated about 2,500 items of women's underwear.
"I have never been able to speak to women, so collecting their underwear gave me pleasure," KM was quoted as saying.
Police said that he had placed their panties underneath his futon and was sleeping on them. KM has admitted to stealing underwear for the past 10 years, police said.
He was apprehended while he was going through the washing machine in an apartment near his home late at night on Aug. 1, police said.
There are many disturbing elements to this post, not the least of which is the amount of time I have wasted trying to format this. For fuck's sake. All I will/can say at this point is:
1. Why do some men find it so difficult to talk to women? It's really not that hard.
2. What the fuck is with the word 'panties'? It should never be used. Ever.
3. Is it just me, or has the underwear in all the above photos been laid out with a little bit too much attention to detail?
*The papers mentioned full names, but as I'm not sure if they've been found guilty (police often get confessions out of people even if they have not committed the crime) I am reticent to put their full names here.