Thieves in record Japan cash robbery

May 12, 2011 12:00 am

, TOKYO, May 12 – Two masked men stole the equivalent of $7.5 million (Sh645m) from a security company on the outskirts of Tokyo early Thursday in Japan\’s biggest-ever cash robbery, a report said.

The pair tied up with tape a 36-year-old male employee at the Tachikawa office of security company Nichigetsu Keibihosho, Jiji Press said, quoting police, and demanded he get the money from the vault.

The man, who was alone and sleeping at the time, was seriously injured when the masked men forced him to tell them the code for the vault.

Inside were bags of money from the Tokyo Central Post Office, the report said, and the two robbers made off in a car with 70 sacks of cash.

About 604 million yen, or $7.5 million, was stolen, in a country renowned for its low crime rate. Violent crime is particularly rare.

The security company transports money from the Tokyo Central Post Office every day, the report said quoting sources, with especially large amounts handled on Mondays and Wednesdays.

The office entrance was locked, the sources said, and the robbers may have forced their way in through a window whose lock has been broken for over six months.

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