Man Arrested Following Daring Pokémon Card Robbery

Man Arrested Following Daring Pokémon Card Robbery
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A 28-year-old Tokyo resident has been arrested for allegedly breaking into a trading card shop atop a six-story building to steal Pokémon and Yu-Gi-Oh! cards, after climbing over the side of the building with a rope.

Mainichi reports that in the early morning hours last week, Kensuke Nakanishi anchored a rope to a railing on the roof of a building in Higashi-Ikebukuro. Police say he then climbed nearly sixteen and a half feet down the building, without a safety wire, and then broke the store’s window with some sort of tool. He was caught after being captured on the security camera.

Nakanishi is accused of stealing around 80 cards from Pokémon and Yu-Gi-Oh! worth $US9,120 ($11,933), and another $US2,370 ($3,101) in cash. The suspect has confessed, saying he did it to pay off a debt.

“I was in the rock climbing club in high school,” Nakanishi said, “so I wasn’t afraid of heights.”

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