Man steals necklace from jewelry store


Police are looking for a man who stole a necklace valued at 400,000 yen from a jewelry store in Tokyo's Katsushika Ward on Thursday.

According to police, the man came into the store near Aoto Station at around 3:15 p.m. and told a woman employee that he was looking for a present for his girlfriend, Fuji TV reported.

He asked the employee if he could have a look at a gold necklace in the showcase. When the employee handed it to him, the man put it around his neck as if he were trying it on and then fled out of the store. The 74-year-old employee suffered an injury when she tried to grab the man who kicked her, police said.

The man is described as being in his 20s, about 170 cms tall and was wearing a gray sweater.

Police are examining store surveillance camera footage to try and identify the thief.

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You would figure a store like that has protocols in place for "the oldest trick in the book" thefts.

But what pisses me off more is not the crime of stealing the necklace, it's the fact that he kicked an old lady! That should be the heavier crime than stealing a 40万necklace.

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I always feel sorry for staff when crimes like this occur. Not only was this woman injured, she will also be mentally traumatized. If she goes back to work, she will probably be suspicious of every male customer who walks into the store and asks to see an item from the showcase.

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I always feel sorry for staff when crimes like this occur. Not only was this woman injured...

And not just that but also if she's just an employee there, the store might actually try to make her responsible for the cost of that item.

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My wife was born and raised in Tokyo one train stop away from Aoto.

She says when the local yakuza catch this guy who robbed the jewelry store, it will not be a pleasant rest of the day for him.

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