A 28-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly using a rope to descend on a Japanese shop and steal Pokémon cards and cash, according to a report from Mainichi (via Kotaku).
Tokyo resident Kensuke Nakanishi is suspected of coming down from a six-story roof into a top floor of the Higashi-Ikebukuro district around 5pm on March 23. Nakanishi reportedly left with 1 million yen (about $ 9,100) in value Yu-Gi-Oh and Pokémon cards, as well as $ 260,000 ($ 2,370) in cash from the store office.
Later, Nakanishi later told the authorities that he committed the act to pay off a debt. Ikebukuro police approached Nakanishi as a suspect after he was identified thanks to security camera footage.
Apparently, Nakanishi was not very out of the element during the robbery, and he allegedly told police “I was in the rock climbing club in high school, so I was not afraid of heights.”
Nakanishi really only had to climb five meters from the top of the six-story building to a window on the sixth floor, which he allegedly broke through with an unidentified tool.
Decades after its worldwide debut, Pokémon trading cards still draw impressive resale values. In 2019, collectors offered a $ 1,000 reward for information that led to a $ 60,000 Pokémon card. More recently, McDonald’s Pokemon cards sold as part of Happy Meals have been picked up by scalpers.
If you’re wondering if your old Pokémon cards are worth any money, check out our value guide.
Joseph Knoop is a writer / producer / trainer for IGN.