TOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Monday announced the arrest of 10 club employees for the robbing of intoxicated customers in the Kabukicho entertainment area of Shinjuku Ward, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Dec. 10).
Officers from the anti-organized crime division took the 42-year-old manager of club Vegas and nine other suspects into custody on theft charges after a 33-year-old male customer was allegedly robbed of 600,000 yen between 2:00 and 4:00 a.m. on October 17.
The manager, who is from Nigeria, is alleged to have taken the victim’s bank card and withdrawn the cash from an ATM machine after he had fallen into a drunken stupor. The victim’s personal identification number is believed to have been obtained after he was escorted to a machine earlier in the evening to retrieve cash to pay his bill.
According to Sports Nippon (Dec. 10), law enforcement is aware of eight incidents since September in which customers have been robbed of at least three million yen.
Investigators believe that the suspects have collected one billion yen in revenue through similar means since opening the club in 2006.