Man climbs rope down a building to steal Pokémon, Yu-Gi-Oh! cards

28-year-old Tokyo, Japan Kensuke Nakanishi climb rope down building 6 stories up store steal Pokémon cards Yu-Gi-Oh! cards

Via Kotaku, a report has come out of a particularly unusual burglary of Pokémon cards and Yu-Gi-Oh! cards from a trading card store in Tokyo, Japan. Kensuke Nakanishi, a 28-year-old Tokyo resident, has confessed to stealing approximately 80 cards from the two series valued at $9,120, in addition to 260,000 yen ($2,370) in cash, because he had to “pay off a debt.” However, it’s how Nakanishi went about the theft that is pretty wild: The store was located on the top floor of a six-story building, so he reportedly climbed down a rope from the top of the building to reach it and steal the Pokémon cards and Yu-Gi-Oh! cards.

On March 23 around 5:00 a.m., without any safety harness, Nakanishi “affixed a rope to the railing on the roof of the building and let it hang down” before climbing five meters down the rope and breaking the store’s window with an unspecified tool. As for how he had the skills to accomplish this, the police state that he said, “I was in the rock climbing club in high school, so I wasn’t afraid of heights.”

Fortunately, I’ve never been in a situation of desperate debt in my life, but if I were, I’m pretty sure I would not climb down a six-story building on a rope to break a window and steal some Pokémon cards. But hey, that’s just me! Let us know what you think of this wild story.


John Friscia
Head Copy Editor for Enthusiast Gaming, Managing Editor at The Escapist. I'm a writer who loves Super Nintendo and Japanese role-playing games to an impractical degree. I really miss living in South Korea. And I'm developing the game Boss Saga!