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Motorcyclist targets women in bag snatching spree

TOKYO, Sep 13 (News On Japan) - Four snatch-and-grab incidents occurred in Kawaguchi City and Saitama City in a span of two hours on Monday, each involving a motorcyclist targeting female cyclists carrying bags in their front basket.

A woman approached a police box at around 2:30 PM in Kawaguchi City, claiming, "My bag was snatched while I was riding my bicycle."

The woman had her shoulder bag, containing approximately 30,000 yen in cash, stolen from her front basket as a motorcycle swooped past, fortunately not causing any injuries.

Approximately an hour and a half later, another incident occurred on a street in the adjacent city of Saitama. Thirty minutes later, another snatch-and-grab took place on a street in Kawaguchi City, followed by yet another incident on a Kawaguchi City street just ten minutes after that.

In all these cases, the victims were women, and the perpetrator, wearing a full-face helmet and riding a black scooter-like motorcycle, snatched bags from the front baskets of their bicycles.

The police are treating these four consecutive incidents that occurred within a two-hour span as a series of snatch-and-grab cases by the same suspect, given the similarities in their modus operandi.

Furthermore, in June, there were two similar snatch-and-grab incidents involving a black motorcycle in the vicinity of Kawaguchi City, and the police are investigating possible links between these cases.

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