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Man steals 5 Rolex watches and $275,000 to pay for sex with prostitutes

By Mason White 6:27 PM August 27, 2015
Hirotaka Sugawara 

By: Wayne Morin
(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested on a charge of theft after allegedly breaking into homes and stealing expensive watches in order to pay for sex with prostitutes, police in Japan said.

Tokyo police said that they have arrested 33-year-old Hirotaka Sugawara, after being accused of breaking into at least 100 homes in order to pay for visits to brothels.

In the latest incident, Sugawara used a screwdriver to remove a glass door of a home.

Once inside, he ransacked the place and fled with 240,000 yen ($1,996) and five Rolex watches worth about 1.5 million yen ($12,500).

According to the police investigation, Sugawara had been behind more than 130 similar robberies in Tokyo and Saitama.

He is accused of stealing around 33 million yen ($274,371).

During questioning, Sugawara admitted to police that he used all the money to pay for sex with prostitutes.