Yukio Kusumoto, a 55-year-old part-time shop assistant has been arrested on suspicion of stealing three pairs of panties as they were drying on the balcony of a woman’s home in Sakurai City, Nara Prefecture, Japan.

The 32 year-old woman estimated the value of the underwear to be 1,500 yen  (about $US 16), but of course that is barely the point (Forgive pun).

This turned out to be only the tip of an “underwear iceberg,” as Kusumoto’s secret life exploded when the police searched his home and found close to 3,000 other pairs of women’s underwear.

What is it about women’s underwear that makes people want to steal them?

Panties are one of the most intimate items a woman owns. To have a woman’s panties is like owning a little piece of her. They are keepsakes, portals for scents and thereby sexual arousal. Some men may be attracted to the fabrics they are made from, like silk and satin. Still other men like to wear the panties and this is another story all by itself.

“I’ve stolen from other homes too. I’ve always been interested in women’s underwear,” Kusumoto proudly informed police.

To each his own, Mr. Kusumoto, but to thine own panties be true.




M Dee Dubroff is the penname of this freelance writer and former teacher originally from Brooklyn, New York. A writer of ghostly and horror fiction, she has branched out into the world of humorous non fiction writing and maintains eight web sites covering a wide variety of topics. She also writes feature articles for several local newspapers. Her book entitled: A Taste of Funny, and her website, Eat, Drink And Really Be Merry (http://www.ingestandimbibe.com) feature many well researched and humorous articles on the subject of food and drink.