2 men arrested over theft of baseballs, bats
Japan Today -- Oct 03
Police have arrested two men on suspicion of stealing baseballs from a high school baseball club in Saitama Prefecture. The suspects, who were arrested on Monday, were former baseball teammates in junior high school, Fuji TV reported.

According to police, one suspect, identified as Shintaro Osaki, 20, from Mito, Ibaraki Prefecture, and a 20-year-old man (who was 19 at the time of the thefts), broke into Washinomiya High School in Kuki, Saitama Prefecture, on July 28, and allegedly stole 12 baseball bats and 120 balls worth about 220,000 yen.

Police said a third suspect, 19, was arrested last month, after he sold some of the stolen metal bats to a recycling shop. Police questioned him and that led them to the other two suspects.

Osaki also resold some stolen balls on an online auction site. However, when Saitama prefectural police contacted the winning bidders and asked to see the balls, they found that the purchased baseballs had the words “Washinomiya High School” on them.

Between mid-July and Aug 16, more than 9,300 baseballs and bats have been stolen from high schools in Tochigi, Saitama, Gunma, Ibaraki and Fukushima prefectures. The sports gear was stolen from storerooms belonging to the schools’ baseball clubs. In some cases, the doors on the storage cabinets were not locked; in other cases, locks were broken, police said.

埼玉県や栃木県の高校で野球部のバットやボールが相次いで盗まれた事件で、20歳の男らが逮捕されました。 水戸市の無職・大崎晋太朗容疑者ら2人は7月、埼玉県久喜市の県立鷲宮高校の野球部の倉庫から金属バット12本と硬式ボール120個を盗んだ疑いが持たれています。
News sources: Japan Today, ANNnewsCH
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