Sumiyoshi-kai yakuza members arrested for 2010 Tokyo robbery

Sumiyoshi-kai yakuza members arrested for 2010 Tokyo robbery

The suspects are alleged to have broken into a home-office and bound a 68-year-old woman with tape

TOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Monday arrested two members of the Sumiyoshi-kai yakuza gang for robbing an office of cash and valuables and binding a woman in March of last year, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Dec. 5).

Officers took Shinji Yasuda, 33, and Motoyuki Sankaku, 32, both members of the Sumiyoshi-kai, Japan’s second-largest criminal syndicate, into custody. Two other non-members were also arrested.

“I don’t remember a thing about it,” Yasuda is quoted in denying the allegations. The other three have admitted involvement.

At 9:00 p.m. on March 12, the suspects are alleged to have broken into a home-office in Tokyo’s Ota Ward and bound a 68-year-old woman with tape. After demanding money from the woman, they stole a safe.

Approximately 3.3 million yen in cash and valuables were removed from the premises by the suspects.

According to police, evidence left at the scene led to the arrests.

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  1. Geo Knox   December 6, 2011 at 9:53 am

    Sad but true, a society gets as much organized crime as it is willing to support. The Yakuza is organized crime. Your society has made how many hundreds of B-movies about Japanese street gangs like the Yakuza, generally glorifying gang life, it is an entire movie genre in Japanese society. Your police never seem to get American training, but if they or your citizen groups who want more safety think they need training, refer them to http://www.ngcrc.com.