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Wakayama cops arrest 2 yakuza in diamond heist

The Takumi-gumi was founded by Masaru Takumi
The Osaka-based Takumi-gumi was founded by Masaru Takumi (right)

WAKAYAMA (TR) – Wakayama Prefectural Police have arrest of two members of the Takumi-gumi organized crime group for the robbery of a jewelry store in Wakayama City two years ago, reports Wakayama Broadcasting System (Feb. 4).

On the afternoon of June 2, 2014, Toru Murata, 43, and Masaharu Sumida, 28,  allegedly stole 11 items, including pieces containing diamonds, from a display case in the store, located in the Shinzaike area. The estimated value of the stolen items is approximately one million yen.

Both suspects deny the allegations, according to officers from the Wakayama Higashi Police Station.

To gain access to the display case, the suspects sprayed a 58-year-old female employee with a fire extinguisher after entering the store.

Last year, Osaka Prefectural Police arrested the suspects for a different robbery case. During that investigation, the suspects’ involvement in the robbery of the jewelry store emerged following the examination of security camera footage taken near the crime scene.