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Last Updated: Sunday, 4 May, 2003, 15:52 GMT 16:52 UK
Japan 'cross-dresser' thief unmasked

Japanese police say they have arrested an unemployed man who disguised himself as a schoolgirl to rob women in the city of Nagoya.

Yoshikuni Moriwaki, 24, admitted carrying out a series of robberies clad in a navy blue miniskirt, white blouse and shoulder-length brown wig, police said.

In the most recent incident, he allegedly rode behind a woman on a bicycle and snatched her bag from the front basket as he overtook her.

He was later spotted near a local train station in his trademark school uniform.

According to the Mainichi Shimbun newspaper, he was hampered by his height of 175 centimetres - making him taller than most Japanese women.

His disguise was also undermined by the five o'clock shadow revealing that he regularly shaved.

Police had been looking out for the cross-dresser since early March, when he embarked on his spree. He is suspected of having carried out five such robberies.


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