|The thief, the bicycle and the 150km getaway||african|
Aug 8, 2003 9:32 AM
|Tokyo - A 66-year-old man who allegedly stole a bicycle, then pedalled it on a three-week, 150-kilometre getaway, has been arrested, Japanese police said on Thursday.
Yasuji Sugimura was finally stopped when an officer noticed the homeless man trundling down a national highway on a spotless, silver-coloured girls-style bicycle bundled with paper bags full of old clothes.
"He was obviously not on a cycling tour. The bike and the rider just didn't go together," said Kunishige Yono, a police spokesperson from Shiga Prefecture, about 150 kilometres inland from Sugimura's starting point at a town on the Sea of Japan coast.
Sugimura is accused of stealing the bicycle, which belongs to a 16-year-old high school girl, from a parking lot in front of a local train station, another police spokesman Shigeru Terada said. The girl had filed a report on the missing bicycle on May 15.
'He was obviously not on a cycling tour'
According to police, the man was intending to ride to Nagoya, when he was stopped about 100 kilometres short of his destination on Wednesday and arrested.
Terada said it was unclear why Sugimura was so determined to bicycle his way to Japan's fourth largest city.
BAAAAAAAAAAAAA HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA........... that is pretty funny for a Friday.
|7km's/day and they couldn't catch him???? nm||Dave Hickey|
Aug 8, 2003 9:35 AM