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YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — A U.S. Navy sailor accused of stealing a bike in Yokohama last weekend remained in Japanese custody Wednesday.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Richard Joseph Jarry, 25, was arrested in Yokohama on Sunday after allegedly taking a bicycle around 10:30 a.m. from a convenience store parking lot, a Kanagawa Prefectural Police spokesman said Wednesday.

Jarry, assigned to the USS John S. McCain in Yokosuka, is accused of grabbing the bike and riding away, the spokesman said, then abandoning it and running after realizing the bike’s owner had seen him. The owner called the police, who later found Jarry near the convenience store. Jarry voluntarily went with police for questioning at the Kanazawa Police Station. He was arrested after the bike’s owner, a 17-year old student, identified him, police said.

A Kanazawa police spokesman said he didn’t know if alcohol was a factor but added that he heard Jarry was lost and couldn’t find his way home. The spokesman said he also didn’t know if Jarry lived in Yokohama or at Yokosuka Naval Base.

The case was sent to the Yokohama District Public Prosecutors Office on Tuesday, but Jarry has not yet been indicted, according to a prosecutors’ office spokesman.

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Hana Kusumoto is a reporter/translator who has been covering local authorities in Japan since 2002. She was born in Nagoya, Japan, and lived in Australia and Illinois growing up. She holds a journalism degree from Boston University and previously worked for the Christian Science Monitor’s Tokyo bureau.

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