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Flashback: Man, 55, in drag shoplifts at Ikebukuro Parco

TOKYO (TR) – It was 10 years ago on Friday that police announced the arrest of man who while dressed as a woman shoplifted items from a department store in Toshima Ward, reports Fuji News Network (Jan. 11) in a flashback.

At around 11:30 a.m. on January 10, 2009, Juichi Miyoshi, 55, attempted to bypass a register at Ikebukuro Parco with three items, including a hat and tweezers, without making payment.

At the time, Miyoshi was dressed in a woman’s wig, long coat and high-heel boots. He had also applied make-up to his face, police said at the time.

After a female security guard grabbed the suspect, he broke free from her grip and fled the scene. During the scuffle, he dropped the coat and wig.

A man in dropped shoplifted a department store in Toshima Ward in 2009
A man in drag shoplifted items from a department store in Toshima Ward on January 10, 2009 (Twitter)

Police later located Miyoshi after discovering his mobile telephone within the left-behind garments.

“It would have have been embarrassing for me to be caught dressed as a woman,” Miyoshi was quoted by police in explaining why he fled. “Dressing as a woman is my hobby.”