Two men posing as gas company employees stole 20,000 yen and a bankbook from an 80-year-old man at his home in Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture, police said Friday.
According to police, the incident occurred at around 6:20 p.m. Thursday, Sankei Shimbun reported. The victim, who lives alone, said two men dressed as gas company employees knocked on his front door and said they had come to inspect the gas meter and his gas appliances.
After being let in, the two intruders bound the man’s hands with tape and searched his house. The man was able to free himself after the two thieves left and sought help from a neighbor.
The elderly man said he had received a call earlier in the day from someone identifying himself as a police officer, asking if he kept a large sum of money in the house.
The two thieves are described as being around 25 and about 170 cms tall.
Police said the victim was not injured.© Japan Today