Tokyo Police apprehend the “Lego Kid” and accomplices

Train photography could have been the motive for alleged Legomaniacs.

Except for their intrinsic value as entertaining and academic toys, there was a growing interest in Lego brand blocks as a lucrative investment, given sets’ relatively low fungibility. Unfortunately this has also made them targets for thieves.

That recently became an issue for one toy store inside a mall in Tokyo’s Adachi Ward. The shop had was repeatedly the victim of a shoplifter who took several toys but mainly focused on the world-famous blocks, thus earning him the nickname “Lego Kid” among the many staff.

But as with every repeat offender, it’s only a matter of time before they get caught. On 24 June, the Tokyo Metropolitan Police took the alleged Lego Kid, 24-year-old Naoto Daitoku, into custody for the theft of 12 toys on the evening of 16 December, 2021. It’s unclear how law enforcement was capable of finally track down the Lego Kid, but in addition they arrested two accomplices aged 19 and 17.

▼ A news report on the arrest

Daitoku and the 17-year-old suspect have denied the costs of shoplifting the 55,000 yen (US$400) price of toys, saying they “don’t remember.” Nonetheless, the 19-year-old is claimed to be cooperating with police and reportedly admitted that every one three of them stole the products and sold every little thing afterwards.

One in all the suspects also told investigators that the three of them became acquainted through being fellow “toritetsu” a subset of train otaku who enjoy taking photographs of rolling stock. This revelation little question comes as one other blow to the much maligned toritetsu community, members of which look like usually implicated in acts of violence, trespassing, and customarily rude behavior.

In reality, a majority of the comments online looked as if it would deal with the suspect’s involvement in train photography, which is surprising since we’re talking in regards to the LEGO KID here!

“Just while you thought the status of toritetsu couldn’t get any worse.”
“He stole to fund his…train photography addiction?”
“‘The Lego Kid (24)’ LOL!!!”
“It’s embarrassing enough being a 24-year-old who steals Lego, but he’s a toritetsu on top of all of it?”
“What’s unsuitable with you in case you’re compelled to steal as a way to take pictures of trains?”
“At the least that’s three more toritetsu off the platforms.”
“‘Lego Kid’ appears like a brilliant rare collectable.”
“Just being on condition that nickname is punishment enough.”

It’s sad that it’s come to this, but as a parent myself I’m urging all the opposite mothers and dads on the market to search for any signs that your kids could be moving into train photography. Train schedules laying in regards to the house or casual mentions of “composition” are some definite red flags. In case you occur to see them, you’ll want to seek help before it’s too late and your kid becomes the Lego Kid.

Source: TV Asahi News, Mainichi Shimbun, Hachima Kiko
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