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Saitama: Man, 46, suspected in pair of convenience store robberies

SAITAMA (TR) – Saitama Prefectural Police have arrested a 46-year-old man who is suspected in a pair of robberies of convenience stores in Kazo City earlier this month, reports Fuji News Network (Jan. 15).

On the morning of January 6, Toyoaki Nakazawa allegedly thrust a knife at a clerk of an outlet of 7-Eleven while holding a can of coffee. He then fled the scene with 39,000 yen in cash.

“I wanted money for living expenses,” the suspect was quoted by police in admitting to the allegations.

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A 46-year-old man allegedly robbed an outlet of 7-Eleven in Kazo City on January 5 (Twitter)

Police suspect Nakazawa was behind a similar case that took place about 300 meters away the night before. At around 11:30 p.m., a man entered an outlet of Family Mart and held a knife up to a cashier. “Hand over the money,” he reportedly said.

After the employee moved to a back room, the perpetrator fled empty-handed, police said previously.

During questioning, Nakazawa hinted at at involvement in the second case, police said.