Laundromat thief busted with 700 pairs of stranger's underwear

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More than 700 pieces of women’s underwear have been confiscated by police after a man allegedly stole them from a laundromat.

Tetsuo Urada, 56, from Beppu City in Japan, has been arrested after allegedly stealing the underwear from laundromats, Fuji News Network reported. 

Police said some of the underwear belonged to a 21-year-old university student.

Hundreds of pieces of women's underpants are pictured after being confiscated by police.
Hundreds of pieces of women's underpants are pictured after being confiscated by police.

That university student called police after having six pairs of underwear stolen on August 24 about 11pm, Abema TV reported. That led to police searching Urada’s apartment.

Police allege he admitted to the crimes.

“We haven’t confiscated such a large number of panties in years,” a Beppu city police department spokesman told Abema TV.

It is not clear if Urada is accused of stealing all 700 pieces of underwear with the investigation ongoing.

Sydney hotel worker's underwear obsession

Closer to home, a Sydney hotel worker last year pleaded guilty to stealing hundreds of pairs of underwear and swimwear from guests.

A judge found the 37-year-old abused his position of trust when he stole the garments while working at two different hotels.

In his job as a maintenance contractor, the man had keys to every room, allowing him access to luggage and personal possessions.

In one case, the worker was caught red-handed by a guest, who found him crouching beside their bed with her underwear.

A police search of his home subsequently found more than 1000 pieces of lingerie and swimwear.

He was sentenced to three years in jail but was allowed to serve the sentence at home after agreeing to seek psychological help.

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