One Japanese burglar truly knows the smell of money.
The thief dubbed the "King of the Night" stole luxury items from women's apartments by sniffing the fragrances coming from their doors, news reports said Wednesday.
Seiichi Shirota, 46, allegedly stole 3.65 million yen (30,700 dollars) worth of luxury watches and other goods from two women's residences in Kawasaki city, southwest of Tokyo, a local police official said.
"I targeted women's houses as they keep brand goods and jewelry. I detected them with the smell of cosmetics and perfume escaping from the entrance doors," he was quoted as saying by press reports.
Reports said he targeted mainly bar and nightclub hostesses who are more likely to wear perfume than other Japanese women.
Police investigators nicknamed Shirota the "King of the Night" as he often started his theft spree from around 8:00 pm after the women go to work, the Mainichi Shimbun daily said.
Police suspect Shirota was linked to some 200 burglary cases in Kawasaki and neighboring Yokohama city last year in which 60 million yen worth of goods were stolen, the daily said.
报道说，Seiichi Shirota主要会以酒吧和夜总会的舞女为盗窃对象。他通常会在晚上8点左右，等这些女性出去工作后，才开始盗窃行动。另外，警方还怀疑Seiichi Shirota与去年在川崎市和附近的横滨市发生的大约200起入室盗窃案件有关。在这些案件中，共有价值6000万日元（约合49万美元）的财物被盗。