A police officer's car was stolen while he was on a stakeout in Yokohama, Kanagawa prefectural police said.
According to police, the 28-year-old officer was staking out a home in Tsurumi Ward in a rental car at around 10 p.m. on Monday when a gang of four men took the vehicle by force, Fuji TV reported.
The officer said one of the gang opened the driver's door and elbowed him in the face. He said he was then pulled out of the vehicle by other men while one of them got in and drove the car away. The three other assailant fled in another car, Fuji reported.
Police notebooks, two satchels and some other documentation were stolen in the incident, but later recovered from a nearby river. The officer sustained a minor cut to his lip. The stolen car was found a few hours later in a nearby car park.
Police say they have not yet ruled out the possibility that the four men, aged in their 30s and 40s, were among those under investigation in the stakeout.© Japan Today