Tokyo Metropolitan Police arrested a petty officer from Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan, Tuesday and accused him of injuring a Shiunjuku-area shop owner with a stun gun earlier this month and stealing luxury watches and jewelry.

Petty Officer 1st Class Rick Miller, 26, allegedly made off with items worth 10.6 million yen, or about $88,500, a police spokesman told Stars and Stripes Wednesday afternoon.

Seventh Fleet spokesman Lt. Marc Boyd confirmed the arrest and said the Navy Criminal Investigative Service assisted Japanese authorities in the investigation.

Miller went to the store around 4 p.m. July 2 and asked the shop owner to see a Rolex watch in a display case. As the owner opened the case, Miller pressed the stun gun against the man’s neck, the police spokesman said.

The victim suffered injuries to his neck that took about a week to heal, the spokesman said.

Miller remains in Japanese police custody, Boyd said.

Japan’s Kyodo News service reported Tuesday that Miller admitted to the crime. However, U.S. Navy and police officials would not comment on a confession, formal charges or possible prosecution in Japan or military courts.

Miller is a crew member of the USS Vincennes, an Aegis cruiser operating from Yokosuka.

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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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