A man who stole more than forty stone Buddhas, worth some $20,000, apparently hoping for an interesting curse to befall him, has been arrested for theft. The statues in question were 地蔵 / Jizou (Ksitigarbha), stone guardian idols, commonly revered by the heathen Japanese, and his motivation was “I saw on TV that the statues could cause a curse like this and I wanted it”, an explanation which perhaps poses more questions than it answers.
On further investigation he was found to have used a truck to move the heavy idols back to his home, where he was found to have stashed even more stolen monuments, for which charges are pending. The idols were apparently unharmed by their ordeal. Via ZakZak.