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Clever patient in central Japan helps police solve suspected theft by marking bills

The Aichi Prefectural Police headquarters (Mainichi/Hiroki Sameshima)

NAGOYA -- Police arrested an osteopathic clinic owner in central Japan on Feb. 12 for allegedly stealing money from his patient, with help from the patient himself who thought it was suspicious that he found cash missing from his wallet every time he went to the clinic.

Hirotaka Utsunomiya, 40, of the Aichi Prefecture city of Obu, was arrested on suspicion of stealing 20,000 yen in cash from a 54-year-old male patient at his osteopathic clinic sometime between 2:30 and 3:50 p.m. on Feb. 5. Utsunomiya has reportedly admitted to the allegation.

After noticing that cash was missing from his wallet every time he went to the clinic, the patient prepared 15 10,000-yen bills on Feb. 5, marking them with numbers from 1 to 15. He placed his wallet in a basket under the bed while he was being treated.

The patient contacted police after noticing that two 10,000-yen bills were missing. When officers from Aichi Prefectural Police's Tokai Police Station searched the clinic that evening, they found two 10,000-yen bills marked with the numbers 1 and 2.

(Japanese original by Naoto Takeda, Nagoya News Center)

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