Man arrested for attempted bank robbery in Sapporo


Police in Sapporo have arrested a 37-year-old man for allegedly attempting to rob a bank in Sapporo on Tuesday.

According to police, Shoyo Wakabayashi, a self-professed construction industry worker, entered a branch of Hokuriku Bank in Toyohira Ward at around 11 a.m., Fuji TV reported. He gave a bank clerk a handwritten note that read, “Prepare 10 million yen. I have a knife.”

However, the employee active a silent alarm and police rushed to the scene and apprehended Wakabayashi. There were no other customers in the bank at the time, and no bank employees were injured.

Police quoted Wakabayashi as saying, “I needed a large sum of money.”

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Sad news all over, however, it is going to get worse as people do not have money. The distribution of wealth only works for rich people, and the bottom does not get enough which will cause problems like this one.

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It's very difficult to make money these days. The Super Rich are buying Ferrari while the rest of us don't have enough to feed our families.

Plus the vig.

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...a self-professed construction industry worker...

Isn't the profession of any alleged criminal "self-professed" by that person? Who else would be telling the police that person's occupation?

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I have a knife.

To hit a bank? Come on now.

What was his escape ride? His feet or a bicycle?

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Trying to hit a bank here is suicide. There is no way he can leave or ever get to spend a single yen of it. There hasn't been any successful bank heists in japan for over 50 years now.

The only way you could ever try to take something from the bank and get to spend any here is through cyber crimes or by stalking certain customers leaving the bank.

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Police quoted Wakabayashi as saying, “I needed a large sum of money.” In other words I need a lawyer!

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shogun36Jan. 5  09:27 pm JST

I have a knife.

To hit a bank? Come on now.

If not mistaken, it's illegal and almost impossible to get a gun in Japan. The article didn't confirm if he had a knife but I get where you are coming from - not much of a threat. Had he said he had a bomb or something that could cause instant injury/damage then he may have been able to get away with it. IDK... :-/

Sad, but glad to read that no one was injured.

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-a self-professed construction industry worker.

Are we talking LEGO here?

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a self-professed construction

Again with the a "self-professed construction worker"

Still don't know what it means...

"I'm a construction worker I tells ya! Really I am!"


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You got to laugh at the stupidity of it!

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expatJan. 6  07:30 pm JST

What's "a self-professed construction industry worker"

It basically means "acknowledged" in this context. In other words when he was questioned he confirmed that he worked in construction.

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