Police in Osaka have arrested six men and women on suspicion of stealing expensive watches from precious metals stores last year.
According to police, the group leader, Daichi Terakawa, 24, who is unemployed, and five accomplices stole the watches on two occasions last July and August, Sankei Shimbun reported.
As a diversionary tactic, some members pretended to be customers and kept store employees occupied, while other members of the gang smashed the showcase glass with a hammer and snatched the watches. The group then fled in a car and on a motorbike waiting for them outside the store.
The July robbery occurred at a store in Asahi Ward. Two high-end watches worth 3.2 million yen were taken. In the August heist, in Yodogawa Ward, the group stole three high-end watches approximately worth 3.6 million yen.
Police said the suspects were identified through analysis of surveillance camera footage.© Japan Today