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Aichi cops nab 4 Pakistani men in suspected auto theft ring

Muhammad Choudhury Akram
Muhammad Choudhury Akram

AICHI (TR) – Police searched a container possibly containing stolen trucks following the arrest of four Pakistani men tied to a group suspected of aiming to sell vehicles overseas, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Mar. 29).

Police from Aichi, Shiga, and Yamaguchi prefectures have arrested Muhammad Choudhury Akram, 51, and his associates on suspicion of theft and possession of stolen goods for stealing crane trucks in Shimane, Okayama and Yamaguchi prefectures from October 2016 to February.

Police searched the seized container at Nagoya Port, believing that the suspects belonging to a group were planning to export the stolen trucks and sell them overseas.

A truck that was stolen in Hyogo Prefecture was likely stored in the container between January and February, according to Aichi Prefectural Police. The container will also be examined for other possibly stolen goods stashed inside.

In one case, police found that a truck was exported to the Philippines, and the container was shipped back to Japan, according to TV Asahi (Mar. 29).

The group could be involved in the theft of trucks nationwide, police said.