A 16-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of memorising people’s credit card details while working part time at a supermarket checkout and splurging on elaborate trips.
The Metropolitan Police Department in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, claim the teen funded a jet-set lifestyle using stolen credit card information.
He is believed to have flown friends to Disneyland Tokyo and Universal Studios Japan and treated them to almost 80 trips to far flung locations.
Police arrested the 16-year-old, who is in his second year of High School, on suspicion of computer fraud and allegedly stealing credit card information from customers at a supermarket he worked at.
The MPD’s Crime Countermeasure Special Investigating Unit said the teen is accused of buying four plane tickets worth 146,160 yen ($1,372) on an airline’s booking website on Jan 17.
He allegedly used information collected from a woman in her 70s, who lives in the city of Yokohama, Tokyo.
From November 2019 to mid-February this year, the boy is suspected to have boarded several airplanes to nearly 80 locations, with friend, using the fraud method.
Police said the student worked part time as a cashier at a supermarket since October 2019 and had collected credit information by memorising the details.
It is estimated that a total of 10 million yen (about $93,847), was stolen from unsuspecting victims.
Suspicion arose after an airline filed a report with police that a customer was buying a plane ticket using another person’s credit card.
The 16-year-old has admitted to the allegations made against him, The Mainichi, a Japanese Newspaper reports.
If found guilty, the teen faces imprisonment with labour for up to ten years, or a fine of up to JPY500,000.