61-year-old man from Tokyo’s Ota Ward was recently arrested by Japanese
police for allegedly stealing no less than 159 bicycle seats, as a
bizarre way of taking revenge for having his own seat stolen last year.
this month, Akio Hatori was apprehended for the alleged theft of a
bicycle seat on August 29. Surveillance camera footage showed him
casually removing the seat of someone’s bike, placing it in the basket
of his own bicycle and pedalling away.
for him, the victim called the police and they started investigating
the minor theft. However, when officers identified Hatori and raided his
house last week, they only expected to find the one seat, not a stash
of 159 of them.
The story of how the old man came into the possession of such a large collection of bicycle seat is even more bizarre.
the 61-year-old man had his own bike saddle stolen in the summer of
2018 and was so disappointed that he wanted other people to feel his
pain. So instead of reporting the theft or at least trying to identify
the thief so he could exact revenge on them, Hatori turned into a serial
bicycle seat thief himself.
“I had to buy another bicycle seat after mine was stolen in the summer of 2018,” Akio Hatori told police. “After that I started stealing out of revenge. I wanted others to know the feeling.”
opening an investigation into Akio Hatori’s petty crime spree, police
uncovered surveillance videos of him swiping bike seats and pedalling
through Tokyo with them piled in his bicycle basket.
He managed to amass a collection of 159 seats in his home, which police officers arranged neatly and showcased to the media.
A trial date for Hatori is yet to be set.