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The story of the delivery of daily necessities after the police arrested a woman in her 50s who stole daily necessities from an unmanned convenience store became known.  

On the 22nd, the Busanjin Police Station announced that it had arrested Mr. A (50s, female) on charges of theft. 

According to the police, Mr. A is accused of secretly taking her belongings without checking for nine days at an unmanned convenience store in Busanjin-gu, Busan earlier this month. 

The damaged items were mainly daily necessities such as ramen, rice, and beverages, and it was confirmed that Mr. A took daily necessities worth a total of 80,000 won in small portions every day over 16 occasions.

The police, who were dispatched after receiving a report from the convenience store owner, tracked CCTV around the crime scene and arrested suspect A living in the hallway of a gosiwon. 

As a result of the police investigation, Mr. A lived in a 5 square meter (approximately 1.5 pyeong) gosiwon with her husband Mr. B (60s, male) with a mental disorder.

The basic livelihood recipients had no money left after paying the monthly rent and phone bills, so they were barely making ends meet by eating stolen cup noodles. 

After the investigation of Mr. A at the police station, the detective team in charge directly purchased cup noodles and masks and delivered them to Mr. A and his wife. 

The community center under the jurisdiction of Busanjin-gu was also asked to come up with livelihood measures for these couples. 

Apart from punishment, the police offered a helping hand.

An official from the Busanjin Police Station said, "We decided to contact the administrative agency to help prevent the couple from being driven into crime." 

However, it is known that the punishment, such as the prosecution of Mr. A, will be carried out later as the theft damage occurred. 

Meanwhile, according to the Busan Metropolitan Police Agency, the rate of small theft crimes under 100,000 won in Busan is 26.7% in 2019, 32.2% in 2020, and 36.9% in 2021, showing an increasing trend every year. 

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