Tatsuko Horikawa was arrested in 2008, after an anonymous Japanese man, worried that his food was missing, invited the police and set up a webcam only to discover that the 58-year-old woman had been living in his closet for a year.
A homeless woman, identified as Tatsuko Horikawa, had sneaked into a man’s building and lived under the radar in his closet for a year.
She was apprehended after he called the police when he became skeptical when food mysteriously began vanishing.
Japanese Police arrested 58-year-old Tatsuko Horikawa, on charges of trespassing after she was captured on cam taking advantage of the house owner’s absence to take care of herself.
She would shower and eat in his absence.
According to Police spokesman Hiroki Itakura from southern Kasuya town,
the inhabitant of the house installed defense cameras that disseminated images to his mobile phone after becoming puzzled by food disappearing from his kitchen over the past several months.
When Police arrived at the house of the unnamed man expecting to nab a thief, they found the front door securely latched and the windows shut.
“We searched the house checking everywhere someone could hide,”
The local police spokesman told the story to the Associated Press, adding that the woman may have used the residence and other houses in the areas as makeshift sleeping quarters for the past year.
“When we slid open the closet, there she was, nervously curled up on her side,” he said.
Police said they had yet to determine how the woman entered the estate where the owner lived alone, or how she managed to live hidden for so long.
The unidentified owner was shocked to hear that his uninvited visitor constantly ate in his absence, took regular showers while he was out, and was surprisingly “neat and clean”.
Police found the 58-year-old Tatsuko Horikawa hiding in the top compartment of the man’s closet and arrested her for trespassing,
One of the cameras captured someone moving inside his home after he had left, and he called police suspecting it was a burglar.
However, when they arrived they found the door bolted and all windows locked.
“We searched the house … checking everywhere someone could hide,” Itakura said.
“When we slid open the shelf closet, there she was, nervously curled up on her side.”
The woman told police she had no place to live and first crawled into the man’s house about a year ago when he left it unlocked.
The closet is a part of the design of a Japanese-style room. It is one of several rooms in his one-story house in which the occupant thought he was living alone.