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Man whose car ran out of gas steals vehicle of aid worker who had tried to help him

By Mason White 6:46 PM January 4, 2015
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By: Wayne Morin
A man returned a favor by stealing a car from an aid worker who came to help him after getting stranded on a busy highway, police in Japan said.

Noboribetsu Police said that they arrested 37-year-old Ryoma Sato, after being accused of stealing from the volunteer who came to fill up his stranded car with gasoline.

The incident unfolded around 9:00 a.m. on Friday morning. According to the police investigation, Sato was driving along the highway when he ran out of gas.

When the volunteer came to his aid, Sato jumped into his vehicle and drove off. The volunteer called police, who began chasing the suspect.

Officers captured the suspect about 30 minutes later and 30 miles away from where he took the vehicle.

During questioning, Sato told police that he took the volunteer’s vehicle because he was in hurry to get to an important meeting.

Sato was charged with theft.