Ryusei Takada Biography — Wiki
Ryusei Takada is identified as the ‘serial toilet thief who is suspected of stealing scores of toilets from houses in Funabashi City, Chiba Prefecture, while they were under construction. Japanese police have arrested Takada on suspicion of carrying out a series of toilet thefts in a case that left many baffled.
Officers believe Takada used his knowledge of the worker’s schedules to sneak on to sites and steal the toilets while they were off shifting.
Ryusei Takada Age
Ryusei Takada is 26 years old.
Ryusei Takada arrested after police find something to go on
The first theft took place in October last year when builders discovered a toilet they had installed at a house they were constructing had vanished overnight. Within days, another toilet had vanished from a different house that was also under construction.
The thefts continued for three months, with a total of 18 items – most of them toilets – pilfered from the construction sites, according to Sora News 24.
Police were unable to catch the thief, dubbed the ‘God of Toilets’ by local media until a local second-hand shop said they had been sold a brand new lavatory. Officers were able to trace the man who sold the item and arrested Ryusei Takada who admitted stealing and selling the items to help pay for food and rent.
Officials believe that his knowledge of the construction worker’s work patterns allowed him to carry out the spate of thefts.
Ryusei Takada told Japanese Fuji News Network: ‘I sold it to a thrift shop and stole it to cover my living expenses.’
The case is not the only toilet-related misdemeanor that has mystified Japan in recent years.
What we know so far
The couple from Taizhou, eastern China, traveled on a group trip to Japan and were staying in the Tokyo Inn hotel in Nagoya when they decided to take the multi-function toilet seat with them. Upon realizing the toilet seat had been taken, the hotel called the group’s tour guide and reported the theft to the police.
The couple, named Li and Chen, claimed they took the toilet seat because they thought it was left by other guests who had stayed in the same room. In nearby China, a gang of knife-wielding men jumped a delivery driver in Hong Kong and stole hundreds of toilet rolls in February last year.
The city became wracked by shortages caused by coronavirus panic-buying.