A police officer in Taiwan was able to successfully convince a thief at a claw machine shop to confess to his crime by communicating with him using a hand sign from the Japanese anime “Naruto.”
On the evening of Wednesday Sep. 28, the owner of a claw machine shop in Taoyuan called the police after they noticed a man was trying to steal the prizes without paying to play.
Police immediately dispatched officers to the scene to arrest the thief and discovered that the man, later identified with the surname Chen, had not yet stolen all the products.
The man was brought to the station for questioning but refused to speak.
However, an officer who was an anime fan noticed that the thief was wearing a T-shirt depicting the Uchiha Clan from Naruto and proceeded to ask the man, “Are you from the Uchiha Clan?”
To everyone’s surprise, the man began speaking, answering questions related to the anime and even admitted he had tried to steal the figurines because they were too expensive to purchase.
Not only that, the man even asked the officer who his favorite Naruto character was.
The officer then recreated the hand seal of the titular character, Naruto Uzumaki.
“You’re from the Senju Clan,” the thief exclaimed, laughing.
The suspect has since been transferred to the district prosecutors’ office for investigation.