Man arrested for stealing a pair of 'rare' hipster jeans allegedly worth R20 000

2019-02-22 15:04
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A shoplifter has been arrested for stealing the only known pair of 1930s jeans from a vintage clothing store and trying to flog them at another shop.

Yujiro Fukudome, 22, is accused of swiping the jeans, which are worth £1 129 (R20 890), from a vintage clothing store in Osaka City in Japan.

Cops say Yujiro, a part-time restaurant worker in nearby Toyonaka City, had targeted the jeans – the only pair of its kind in Japan – to sell for a quick profit.

Yujiro allegedly stole the distinctive jeans from the shop and then tried selling them at another second-hand clothing store. 

Unfortunately for Yujiro, staff at the store carried out a quick online search, rang the only shop which claimed to stock the jeans and asked them how much they were worth.

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The startled sales assistant who received the call told the caller that there was only one pair like it in the country – and it had just been pinched from their shop.

The shopkeeper stalled Yujiro, telling him he needed to do more research before making him an offer, while secretly calling the cops.

Police quickly arrived at the store and were able to arrest Yujiro, who allegedly admitted stealing the jeans to sell on for an easy profit.

He now faces theft charges.

The baggy US-made work jeans are said to be in excellent condition despite being more than 80 years old. It’s fitted with an unusual buckle at the back, making the waist size adjustable – a popular feature before World War 2.

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