Suspected Panty Thief Found with More than 1,000 Items of Women's Underwear at Home

A 40-year-old man suspected of stealing underwear from a laundromat in Japan was found to have more than 1,000 items of women's garments at his home.

Toru Adachi—who is employed at a coin-operated laundry store in the city of Bungo-ono—was detained on Monday. During a search of his home, police discovered approximately 1,100 items of underwear inside bags and futon cases—used to store the quilted mattresses.

According to Japan Today, an online newspaper based in Tokyo, which first reported the news, Adachi was tracked down using surveillance camera footage from a laundromat in Oita City. He reportedly admitted to stealing 10 items of women's underwear from the store in April.

Adachi was being questioned by police about his suspected involvement in at least 10 incidents of underwear theft within the past year, Japan Today reported, noting that the investigation remains ongoing. The motivation behind the alleged thefts was not immediately clear.

Motive aside, the case is not entirely unique.

A similar case came to light in July 2017 after Tokyo police detained a 61-year-old delivery man called Yasushi Kobayashi, who was also found with more than 1,000 items of women's clothing at his home. The suspect claimed he had been stealing such items for 20 years—including from coin-operated laundromats—because he liked to wear them, Japan Today reported.

In July this year, the website reported a 21-year-old man called Tomoya Ishii was arrested after allegedly stealing clothes and underwear from an "attractive stranger" he followed home. "I immediately thought he was a totally hot dude," the suspect told police after his arrest.

Earlier this year in Australia, police released images and CCTV footage of a bearded man who had been spotted stealing underwear from a laundromat in the city of Warrnambool.

The incident took place on January 10, with the thief making off with underwear from an area for unclaimed clothes before leaving on a bike, the Australian Associated Press reported.

In September last year, police in Secaucus, New Jersey, arrested a 48-year-old man on suspicion of pilfering women's panties from the laundry room of an apartment building he lived in.

Police captain Dennis Miller told NJ.com the suspect was identified and detained after residents put cameras in the laundry room and caught him "inappropriately holding" underwear.

And in October 2017, investigators in Virginia were hunting for a man believed to have stolen women's underwear from a number of laundromats in Fan District, Richmond. Timothy Lott, 54, turned himself in to police after a public appeal and was charged with petit larceny, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported at the time.

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Toru Adachi—who is employed at a coin-operated laundry store in the city of Bungo-ono—was detained on Monday. During a search of his home, police discovered approximately 1,100 items of underwear inside bags and futon cases. iStock
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