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Thai police arrest Japanese man wanted over burglaries in Japan

BANGKOK (Kyodo) -- Thai police on Thursday announced the arrest of a 40-year-old Japanese man wanted by police in Japan in connection with burglaries.

    Hiroyuki Goto was arrested on Aug. 27 for alleged immigration violations while trying to extend his visa in the eastern Thai province of Chonburi, the police said.

    Goto has allegedly admitted to the burglaries, saying he was "making a living by stealing all over Japan," according to the police.

    He is thought to have committed over 100 burglaries in Japan centered on the southwestern main island of Kyushu, with the stolen goods valued at some 50 million yen (approximately $449,000).

    He was put on an international wanted list by Japanese police after he allegedly stole a luxury bag from a residence in Kumamoto city in November 2016.

    Goto, who first travelled to Thailand in September 2017, allegedly told Thai police that he fled to Thailand to escape arrest and denies committing any wrongdoing while in the country.

    The suspect is expected to be extradited to Japan later this month.

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