TOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested four men over the robbery of a pachinko parlor in Ota Ward last year, reports NHK (Jan. 31).
According to police, Kunio Numata, 35, of no known occupation, Hiroaki Shiojima, 32, and two other persons robbed parlor Kicona Kamata of 12 million yen in cash on November 4.
At around 11:30 p.m., three of the thieves, all attired in ski masks, accosted a male employee, 48, on a fourth-floor staircase of an apartment building that houses the parlor. “Don’t make a sound,” one of them said.
The perpetrators then snatched a bag containing the cash and fled. The employee suffered a leg injury in the incident, the Kamata Police Station said previously.
The suspects became persons of interest for police after an examination of security camera footage.
The four suspects have been accused of robbery resulting in injury. They all admit to the allegations, police said.
Numata is a former employee of the parlor. The other suspects were not acquainted with one another prior to the robbery. Numata recruited them for the caper via an internet bulletin board site.