A man called police Thursday claiming he had been robbed of around 384 million yen ($3.5 million) in cash just after withdrawing it from a bank in the city of Fukuoka in southwestern Japan, prompting the police to search for three suspected robbers.
The 29-year-old company employee from Tokyo's Adachi Ward reported to police that he had been sprayed with a substance before being robbed at a parking lot across the street from Mizuho Bank's Fukuoka branch in the busy Tenjin district of Fukuoka at around 12:25 p.m.
The suspected robbers are believed to be a group of three. One of the suspects was wearing gray working clothes, and another was wearing black working clothes with a white head covering and a mask, according to the police.
The other suspect was apparently waiting in a white van in the parking area. They all fled the scene by car, the police said.
The victim was robbed of a carry-on bag with the cash inside shortly after leaving the bank, they said. He told the police that he works at a company in Tokyo and was in the capital of Fukuoka Prefecture on a business trip, and that the money was for a business deal.
He did not suffer any noticeable injuries in the incident, according to the police.
The parking lot is located near the Fukuoka city hall.