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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Tochigi Hotel Robbed of ¥1.5-Million

Three men walked into the Hotel Sun Route Tochigi in Tochigi-shi (Tochigi City), Tochigi-ken (Tochigi Prefecture), Japan on October 2, 2011 and robbed it of ¥1.5-million (~US/Cdn $20,100).

The men entered the hotel just before dawn and duct taped (gagged and bound) the lone employee on duty and then took the money.

The three robbers threatened the clerk with a knife and demanded the money from the cash register, and after taking the money fled the scene without hurting the clerk.

Still bound, the clerk used his nose to to press the buttons on the hotel's internal phone system to call another employee who was off on a break.

The clerk told police that two of the men were wearing black knit caps.

Editor's note:
So everybody watch out for guys wearing these caps (sarcasm). It seems to have been a well-thought out plan, as these robbers must have cased the hotel to determined that: 1) there was a large amount of money stored at the hotel on a Sunday morning; 2) that one of the workers would be on break or; 3) it was an inside job and no casing was necessary as the guy tied up was in on it.
That was a lot of money, though. I'd say the hotel needs to make a bank deposit every day rather than once a week or so. Also... I'm impressed that the tied up clerk was able to accurately dial the phone number to alert his co-worker.

Andrew Joseph

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