Drugs? Guns? Jewelry and fake brands? Meh! So typical. In Japan, police officers have confiscated way more unusual things than that.
Whenever the Japanese police confiscate large amounts of goods or seize items in a big arrest, they tend to lay all the goods out so the press can take photos and video. In the West, you sometimes see similar photo ops for contraband smuggled across a border. There are times domestic crimes get the same treatment.
Over the years, the police in Japan have seen their share of drugs and guns. Every once in a while, they also seize some odd items. And the way the evidence is arranged can get just as strange.
The top image shows stolen goods that include huge pillows.
Here, you can see seized fake ones from a Chinese student studying in Japan.
Items confiscated from an S&M club operated out of a Tokyo apartment building. Note the mannequin.
Fake boy band autographs.
Hundreds of stolen hostess shoes—a crime Kotaku previously covered. There are other incidents of stealing mass numbers of shoes that range from kid's shoes to workman's shoes.
Knock-off Kamen Rider masks.
Okay, stealing underwear is super creepy. Ditto for the police's laying it out according to color gradation.
Pachinko slot machine music uploaded for illegal downloads.
Unlicensed cosplay goods that were being sold online.
The underwear. The boobs. Why? Just... why?
Items seized from three junior high school students who allegedly uploaded manga online. The red tape reads, "Warning: Evidence."
Um. Stolen bicycle seats taken from bicycles owned by ladies. *shudders*
Not all crimes are like this! But the ones that are certainly stand out.
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