An 18-year-old youth was arrested for burglary on Saturday, accused of robbing a FamilyMart convenience store in Mino City of about 40,000 yen early Saturday morning, police said Sunday.
The suspect, who cannot be named because he is a minor, is accused of entering the convenience store at about 4.30 a.m. and threatening the 33-year-old male employee behind the counter with a knife. He told the employee to hand over some cash and the employee put about 40,000 yen into a plastic bag. The youth took the bag and the employee was not harmed, police said.
Two police officers happened to be in the area when the youth came out of the store, and gave chase when he suddenly took off on his bicycle. They lost track of him about 500 meters from the store, but police later found a bicycle that resembled the one the youth was riding parked outside an apartment building. They confirmed the bicycle registration and the youth admitted to the burglary after being questioned by police.
Police said that four other convenience stores in Mino City and neighboring Ikeda City had been robbed in July, and they are investigating if the youth was involved.© News reports