The mighty, how they fall: Yakuza are stealing Peko-chan statues


Times are hard, and everyone's having to find new, humiliating ways to make ends meet. It seems that goes the same for organized criminals.

It's not like it used to be for the yakuza. All the glamour is gone from the job, and now formerly extravagant gangsters are forced into crimes of the base thievery.

Hiroshi Inaba, 42, connected with the Yamaguchi-gumi yakuza group was arrested and accused of conspiring to steal a local confectioner's Peko-chan statue. Peko-chan is the freak-faced mascot of the Fujiya candy company, and her creepy mug is drawn on all their packaging, particularly its famous milk candy.

The dynamic duo apparently dragged the 4-foot-tall, 20-pound statue out of the store and placed it into the backseat of their car. The things have an estimated market value of about $400. Such a small amount to shame oneself for. The local news, with its flair for drama and hilarious animated reenactments, didn't help, as you will see after the jump.

Sigh, for such are the times we live in.

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