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Some thieves steal money. Others steal jewelry.

And then there are those who read “Naruto” books to learn how to “be a ninja and … enter secured areas,” Dunwoody police said in a Facebook post Monday.

Christopher Zahyeer Atkins, 25, of Altamonte Springs, Fla., was arrested about 1 a.m. as he was burglarizing a Target store in the 100 block of Perimeter Center Place, according to a police report.

“The alarm company observed a suspect on camera making forced entry into the business,” police wrote in the Facebook post. “Officers quickly arrived on scene and checked the area. One of our officers observed a suspect walking away from the business matching the suspect description seen on camera.”


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Atkins admitted to police during an interview that he broke into the store “because he was reading the book ‘Naruto, Volume 5,’” which was teaching him how to be a ninja, the post said. “Naruto” is a Japanese comic that follows an adolescent ninja.

Atkins stole 10 books, 10 DVDs, an ONN DVD player, a Samsung tablet, Bluetooth headphones, a clock, money and a book bag, according to the report.

Police booked Atkins into the DeKalb County jail on a first-degree burglary charge.

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