Man arrested resells video game consoles for delivery

A crowd of people cross the street in Akihabara.

Akihabara is full of second-hand game stores.
Photo: YUKI IWAMURA / AFP (Getty Images)

A 50-year-old man was arrested by Tokyo police for allegedly reselling around two hundred video game consoles and games that were due for delivery. The suspect confessed to the charges.

Asahi Television notes that the consoles were worth 5.8 million yen ($ 51,000), and it is believed to have made over 3 million yen ($ 26,000) in profit.

According to Sankei news, the suspect had been given around 200 PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch and games at the request of an acquaintance who worked for a delivery company. But instead of delivering the charge, the suspect sold more than half of consoles that day in game stores in Tokyo’s Akihabara district.

Japanese media report that the man is mushoku (無 職) or “unemployed”. It is not uncommon for the Japanese media to list the employment status of suspects in criminal cases. In the various reports, tThe relationship between the suspect and the delivery company employee has not been fully fleshed out.

After selling the loot, the suspect stayed in Internet cafes in Tokyo. In Japan, cybercafés have private cabins where it is possible to sleep. There are also soft soda and free showers, which is why some people live in internet cafes..

As for the money, it looks like we get all the money will be difficult. “I left with [the load] because I had money problems, ”the suspect reportedly said, adding:“ I bet almost all the money on horse racing.

It can always be difficult to buy new PlayStation 5 and Nintendo Switch from game stores in Japan, which is why the hardware sells for good prices in the second-hand market. There is no doubt that the suspect had difficulty in reselling the material. Spending it on the ponies probably wasn’t difficult either.

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