Elementary school teacher grabs wallet full of cash out of train passenger’s back pocket


Wallet in man’s back pocket (illustration) 
By: Wayne Morin

An elementary school teacher was arrested on a charge of attempted theft after allegedly grabbing a wallet out of a train passenger’s pocket, police in Japan said.

Saitama police have arrested 23-year-old Takeru Terada, after being accused of trying to steal a wallet full of cash while traveling on a train from school to his home.

Terada was charged with one count of attempted theft.

According to the police investigation, Terada tried to take the wallet containing about 28,000 yen ($263) in cash from the back pocket of a man on the JR Musashino line between Minami-Koshigaya and Higashi-Kawaguchi stations around 5:30 p.m. on Friday.

The man, who was looking at his smartphone, felt something and grabbed Terada. He held him down until police arrived to arrest him.