Thief Dressed As Ninja Who Carried Out 250 Break-ins In 8 years Finally Caught(Read what he said)

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A thief dressed as a ninja who carried out more than 250 break-ins in eight years has been revealed as a 74-year-old pensioner.

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The so-called 'Ninja of Heisei', who police say has been identified as Mitsuaki Tanigawa, is believed to have stolen almost £200,000 worth of goods in less than a decade because he allegedly did not want to get a job.

Heisei is the name of the current era in Japan, like the Edo era of the 17th to 19th centuries.

Images taken from CCTV footage show the pensioner, dressed from head to toe in black clothing, running along walls and squeezing through small gaps in buildings in an impressive display of physical agility.

Tanigawa, who was arrested for breaking into an electronics store in Higashi-Osaka, Japan allegedly told officers: "I am defeated," as he was taken to the police station.

He added: "I thought I would never be caught."

Tanigawa was finally identified by officers in July when he lowered his balaclava while stealing 27,000 yen (£179) from the shop.

He was caught by nearby sercurit6y cameras and later arrested.

But, according to The Asahi Shimbun, police say this is just one of 254 many burglaries he committed under the cover of nightfall over the last eight years.

Officers claim the ninja would don his black outfit in the vacant room of an old apartment building before carrying out his crimes, then returning to change back into this ordinary clothes after he had finished.

Police say Tanigawa "displayed impressive physical ability by, for example, running away along the top of the wall."

A total of 29.43 million yen (£195,000) worth of goods were stolen by the pensioner since March 2009.

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