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Japanese man arrested for stealing 900 library books

Published on Sep 6, 2012 12:15 PM

TOKYO (AFP) - Police in Japan have arrested a man who allegedly stole nearly 900 books from different libraries, a spokesman said on Thursday.

Unemployed Mitsuka Suizu, 61, reportedly told officers: "I wanted to keep the books I read" after they discovered 896 volumes at his home in Ube, western Japan.

A police spokesman said Suizu was initially arrested for the theft of 12 books over a six-month period, but a search of his home revealed his huge stash, which the Yomiuri Shimbun said were worth a combined 2 million yen (S$31,150).

Under Japan's penal code, theft is punishable by up to 10 years in jail or a fine of up to 500,000 yen.