Matsumura, who has been charged with destruction of property, confessed to the crime, telling police that he became irritated with overcrowded trains. “I got tired of standing, and I decided to stir up trouble for the rail company.” The suspect also said that he started committing the thefts in March.
An examination of security camera footage taken on the evening of April 5 showed Matsumura swiping a strap from inside another car, also on the Chiyoda Line.
Since January of last year, roughly 200 hand straps have been taken from inside subway and rail cars. Police are now investigating whether Matsumura was behind all of the thefts.