This was a pretty audacious scheme, though: they literally would walk out of an Akihabara SofMap (think a Japanese Best Buy) with games and consoles, no questions asked. Then they would sell the games and consoles back at another nearby store...also owned by SofMap.
But the best part? Upon arrest, one of the suspects said: “Stealing is simple in Japan. Japanese people shouldn't be so easily trusting of people.”
salt in the wound much? Sheesh!