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Japan woman caught living in closet


Japan woman caught living in closet

TOKYO - A homeless woman who sneaked into a man's house and lived undetected in his closet for a year was arrested in Japan after he became suspicious when food mysteriously began disappearing.

Police found the 58-year-old woman Thursday hiding in the top compartment of the man's closet and arrested her for trespassing, police spokesman Hiroki Itakura from southern Kasuya town said Friday.

The resident of the home installed security cameras that transmitted images to his mobile phone after becoming puzzled by food disappearing from his kitchen over the past several months.

One of the cameras captured someone moving inside his home Thursday after he had left, and he called police believing it was a burglar. However, when they arrived they found the door locked and all windows closed.

"We searched the house ... checking everywhere someone could possibly hide," Itakura said. "When we slid open the shelf closet, there she was, nervously curled up on her side."

The woman told police she had no place to live and first sneaked into the man's house about a year ago when he left it unlocked.

She had moved a mattress into the small closet space and even took showers, Itakura said, calling the woman "neat and clean."

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truecriticComment by truecritic - May 30, 2008, 9:51 am
If she is nice looking, send her over, I have a spare closet!
justxploringComment by justxploring - May 30, 2008, 11:16 am
What a sad story. I find no humor it it whatsover. I'm surprised that she could stay so quiet for a year!    I wonder if she used the bathroom when he was out of the house.

BTW, the way things are going in our country, don't be surprised if you find someone hiding in your closet.
Comment by pacattack05 - May 30, 2008, 10:32 pm
I had a friend who did just that, but for many more years, until recently when he finally came out of the closet.
Comment by Gentlespirit - May 30, 2008, 10:50 pm
That story is unbelieveable...she lived in his closet for a whole year!!! Amazing! I wish her well...so sad!
emilygComment by emilyg - May 30, 2008, 11:53 pm
Sad story.

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