A Local Perspective on Life in Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan.

Ask for Identification from Police Officers

If you are approached by a police officer, insist on seeing photo identification.

At around 6:30pm on February 26, a man claiming to be a police officer approached a 19 year-old university student in the Amakubo area of Tsukuba and told her that she was riding a stolen bicycle. He showed her a business card that included his name and a police symbol and told her that she would have to come with him in his vehicle. He then put her in the back seat of his van.

He drove for about 13 km to a convenience store in the Numata area of Tsukuba and entered the store. While he was in the store, the student called her father. He told her to go somewhere where there were other people around, so she went inside the store and asked the man if he was really a police officer. When she asked him that, he got back in the car and drove away. The woman was not injured.

The suspect in this case is around 40 years old, about 170cm tall, average build, and short black hair. He was wearing a beige down jacket and black or blue trousers. He was driving a grey van. Call 110 if you have any information about this case.

A similar incident occurred in the late evening on the 25. A different woman was approached by a man who claimed to be a police officer in the Sakura area of Tsukuba.

Source: Yomiuri Shinbun and the Ibaraki Prefectural Police Hibari-kun Crime Prevention Mailing List (ひばりくん防犯メール).

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