Police investigating possible 384 mil. yen cash heist in Fukuoka

KYODO NEWS KYODO NEWS - Apr 20, 2017 - 19:12 | Urgent, All

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.

Apr 20, 2017 | KYODO NEWS