Wakayama cops: Thieves ram store with car, steal 100 iPhones

Thieves backed a vehicle into the front of an au shop in Wakayama City and stole 100 iPhone handsets

Thieves rammed a store in Wakayama City with a car and stole 100 iPhone handsets
Thieves rammed a store in Wakayama City with a car and stole 100 iPhone handsets  (Apple)

WAKAYAMA (TR) – In a joint investigation, police from Wakayama and Osaka prefectures have arrested three persons for allegedly ramming a car into a mobile phone shop in Wakayama City and stealing 100 iPhone handsets earlier this year, reports the Asahi Shimbun (Aug. 4).

At approximately 5:00 a.m. on May 5, Kenji Kido, a 39-year-old residence of Amagasaki City, Hyogo Prefecture, and multiple other persons used a car to ram the outlet of au in the Oda area. The thieves then stole 100 handsets, valued at 9.5 million yen.

Three persons apprehended in the crime were prosecuted at the Osaka District Court on Wednesday. Police are still searching for other persons who are believed to have partaken in the incident.

According to the Sankei Shimbun (Aug. 4), Kido, who was arrested in July, became a person of interest after an examination of security camera footage, which showed the vehicle backing into the store.

Police are investigating whether the incident in connected to the theft of about 20 smartphone handsets from a store Kainan City, Wakayama Prefecture.

Kido is also under prosecution for several other crimes that took place at around the same time as the theft in Wakayama City.

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