A Japanese man was arrested for stealing women's underwear, according to a Tokyo police spokesman on Tuesday.
Akira Hino, 51, with a passion for women's underwear, was caught when he tried to steal a pair of knickers from a laundry pole on a second-floor balcony, the spokesman said.
Hino, according to local news paper Mainichi Shimbun, stretched out a 3-meter rod and caught the underwear on a hook, then reeled knickers in.
The local police found more than 500 pairs of women's underwear inside of his house. As he told investigators, he had got into the habit of stealing undergarments since he was 18.