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Man steals thousands of cigarettes to fund his gambling addiction

By Mason White 5:06 PM September 1, 2015
Koichiro Nishiyama 

By: Mahesh Sarin
(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested on a charge of theft after allegedly stealing thousands of cigarettes in order to fund his gambling addiction, police in Japan said.

Tokyo police said that they have arrested 48-year-old Koichiro Nishiyama, after being accused of stealing packs of cigarettes from more than 150 businesses.

According to the police investigation, Nishiyama used a crowbar to break a glass window of a shop in Chofu. The suspect entered the premises and took 55 cartons of cigarettes worth 233,000 yen ($1,944).

Investigators believe that Nishiyama has been behind more than 150 similar robberies in Tokyo. During the robbery spree, Nishiyama has stolen cigarettes worth about 10 million yen ($83,450).

During question, Nishiyama told police that he sold the stolen cigarettes and used the proceeds to fund his gambling addiction.