Okinawa cabbie robbery is third this month involving Americans
January 25, 2006
CAMP FOSTER — An Okinawa taxi driver reported his wallet stolen after he noticed it missing Sunday after taking five passengers to Camp Foster’s Globe and Anchor Club.
The alleged theft was the third offense against Okinawa cab drivers this month in which Americans are accused and the second incident on Camp Foster.
The latest incident occurred about 12:30 a.m. Sunday after a 57-year-old cab driver picked up five passengers at Barracks 220 and took them to the Camp Foster club, according to a police spokesman. The driver said the passengers all were women in their early 20s.
After they went inside the club, the cab driver noticed that his wallet, which contained about $80, was missing. He told police he had kept the wallet in a box near the gearshift.
According to an Okinawa police spokesman, military police are cooperating in the investigation and have identified the five passengers. No further details on the investigation were available from Marines late Monday.
The incident comes on the heels of the Jan. 7 robbery of a cab driver on Camp Foster by a man with a knife. The Naval Criminal Investigative Service has offered a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the robber, described as a dark-skinned male wearing dark pants and a dark, hooded sweatshirt.
In the meantime, a former Marine arrested Jan. 12 for robbing a cab driver of about $65.80 worth of Japanese coins remained in Okinawan police custody Monday as prosecutors continued to gather information for possible indictment on a charge of robbery resulting in injury.
Errol Jackson, 23, has admitted to punching the cab driver in the head in a residential area of Okinawa City and stealing the coins, explaining that he thought his arrest would get him repatriation to the United States, a police spokesman said.
According to Marines, Jackson was discharged in December after serving a sentence in the Camp Hansen brig for unauthorized absence and larceny. He was escorted back to the United States in December, but returned to Okinawa later to be with his wife.
A police spokesman said Jackson had a falling out with his wife the night he was arrested.
Under Japanese law, suspects may be held for interrogation up to 20 days before charges are filed.