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Stolen ¥10 mil gold bowl found in secondhand store

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Idiot!

9 ( +14 / -5 )

Exhibitor's incompetence rescued by thief's.

Ginza tonight, boys!

12 ( +15 / -3 )

As always go to the nearest Second Hand Store and you will find your missing goods.

8 ( +10 / -2 )

Don’t blame the exhibitor or the department store. They didn’t think extreme tight security would be necessary as such an audacious ibut poorly planned theft in broad daylight is rare in Japan.

-14 ( +3 / -17 )

Just having a google with my morning coffee, but a cheap mini furnace that jewelry folks might use is about 25,000 yen. They'll supposedly hit 1100C, which is hot enough for gold (apparently about 1050C). I thought it might be possible with binchotan high grade charcoal, but that's only to 800C.

4 ( +6 / -2 )

Want to learn about the biggest scam these gold vessels provide? Read ahead:

Melting it would have significantly dropped its value. It is difficult for me to understand why people would pay twice its value in gold for such a simple to produce object. This cup weights 380 grams. At today's gold prices it is only worth 4.4-4.5M JPY.

Can anyone explain how casting it into such an easy to produce (and boring) object suddenly more than doubles its price to 10M? There is no intrinsic artistic or heritage value to it! Who falls for such open scams?

5 ( +7 / -2 )

Horie told police he thought he could use it to drink tea from but ultimately decided that "it was better to sell it for cash."

wonderful story

maybe he could also use the cash he got to wipe himself on the toilet?

wait, on second thought, it might be better to use the cash to buy tea.

-3 ( +1 / -4 )

The holy grail ?

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Will the Police be able to trace him if he wouldn't have sold it ?

3 ( +3 / -0 )

You sold it to a place that takes note of your id, phone, and address. Bruh just get a job if stealing is this complicated for you

4 ( +4 / -0 )

He chose poorly.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

OK, reading the comments above there seems to be a concensus that the thief was none too smart.

But what about the two second hand store owners/staff that purchased, then resold the bowl likely knowing full well it was stolen?

The kid got ¥1.8M from the first store. How much did that store owner get from the 2nd shop? And how much was the 2nd store owner expecting to profit?

1 ( +1 / -0 )

I love these freak Japan news..

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

Wasn’t the secondhand shop owner not arrested for buying stolen item? Given the price, it’s obvious that it was stolen item.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

How did he manage to steal this from the department store? I’m assuming something worth that much had some some sort of security?

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