Police have nabbed two Japanese men for siphoning off electricity in heists worth less than 1 cent each, an official said Sunday.
A 38-year-old man was caught red-handed by a patrolling police officer last September after unplugging a business’ neon sign and using the electricity to recharge his mobile phone.
The other culprit, a 22-year-old university student, was giving a street performance in November when he unplugged a vending machine in order to power his portable stereo. A police officer was alerted after local residents complained about the noise.
Police said they could not let the incidents slide, even though the men are believed to have stolen $0.0094 worth of electricity. Both men confessed and have gotten off with reprimands.