Marine suspected of stealing, wrecking car near Camp Fuji
YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — A Marine has been accused of stealing a car and crashing into a homeowner’s fence near Camp Fuji.
The Marine, who was not identified, is suspected of taking the automobile from a Gotemba home around 2 a.m. on Sept. 17, city officials said Thursday.
The Marine drove the car until striking a reinforced fence in front of another home, then fled to Camp Fuji, the officials said.
The homeowner notified police soon afterward but told the city only this week, prompting a special news conference by Gotemba Mayor Yohei Wakabayashi.
“As I am in a position to think about the safety of citizens, I urge the officials at the police station and prefectural police to make every effort in conducting the investigation and aim for early settlement of the case,” Wakabayashi said, according to city officials Thursday.
The suspect was in Marine custody and cooperating with a local police investigation, the officials said.
The Marine was alone and on his way back to Camp Fuji from Gotemba Station, the Mainichi Shimbun reported. The last trains arrive at Gotemba arrive around midnight, so it remains unclear what the Marine had been doing during the hours prior to the incident.
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