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Japan arrests man over record cash robbery

02 june 2011, 11:06
Photo courtesy of www.onlineforex.net
Photo courtesy of www.onlineforex.net
Japanese police arrested a man Wednesday and put out a warrant for another over the country's biggest ever cash robbery, in which $7.5 million was stolen from a Tokyo security company last month, AFP reports.

Police arrested Hideaki Ueki, 31, on charges of robbing the company in Tachikawa, on the outskirts of Tokyo, and of assault that seriously injured a company employee, a police spokeswoman said.

They also obtained an arrest warrant for Yutaka Watanabe, 41, placing him on the national wanted list on the same charges, she said.

Two robbers broke into the Nichigetsu Keibihosho security company on May 12, tied up a 36-year-old male employee with adhesive tape and badly wounded him in order to get access to the money from the vault.

Inside were bags of cash reportedly collected from the Tokyo Central Post Office. Two robbers made off in a car with 70 sacks of money, totalling about 604 million yen, or $7.5 million.

Police, after investigating logs of the suspects' mobile phones, believe about 10 people were involved in the robbery, Jiji Press reported.

Security camera footage showed two men buying items including adhesive tape at a convenience store near Tachikawa hours before the robbery, Jiji said.

Another camera showed them in a car near the scene of the robbery before and after the crime, Jiji said, citing unnamed sources.

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