Strap thefts befuddle Tokyo train lines

A series of mysterious incidents is occurring on trains. Train straps are being stolen one after another!Straps allow standing passengers to steady themselves and keep from falling when a train is in motion. They hang down from a spot near the ceiling of a train car. Since November last year, a total of about 450 straps have been stolen from private railway and JR trains that run in Tokyo and surrounding areas.