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Cops: Target burglar says ‘Naruto’ books were ‘teaching him how to be a ninja’

Some thieves break into stores to steal money. Others break in to steal jewelry.

And then there are those who just break in “practicing entering and exiting buildings like a ninja” after reading “Naruto” books, Dunwoody police said. 

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

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“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.”

Atkins was found with a book bag filled with his belongings that included: 10 books, 10 DVDs, an ONN DVD player, a Samsung tablet, Bluetooth headphones, money and a clock. 

He admitted to police that he broke into the store “because he was reading the book Naruto, Volume 5,” which was teaching him “how to be a ninja and how to enter secured areas,” Dunwoody police said in a Facebook post. “Naruto” is a Japanese comic that follows an adolescent ninja. 

Police said he didn’t take anything. 

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

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