Police have arrested a 22-year-old man on suspicion of masterminding the robbery of the Tokyo apartment of porn film actress Yuria Satomi last October.
The robbery occurred at around 10:30 a.m. on Oct 26 at the high-rise condominium in Meguro Ward, Fuji TV reported. Three minors -- a restaurant employee, 19, a painter and a high school student, 19, who drove the getaway car, were arrested the next day. All three live in Chiba Prefecture.
On Tuesday, police said a fourth suspect, Koji Ito, who also lives Chiba Prefecture, was arrested. He is believed to have recruited the three minors and gave them directions by phone during the robbery.
The 35-year-old actress told police one of the intruders, dressed as a courier, buzzed her on the intercom, so she assumed he was making a delivery and let him into the building.
After she opened the door, he threatened her with a knife, stating, "I've stabbed someone before. Hand over the money.” An accomplice followed him in. Both of them wore white face masks.
The two managed to make off with 6 million yen in cash from a safe and a closet.
Satomi told police that while the two men were searching her apartment, they were wearing earphones, as if they were listening to someone telling them where to look.
Police used surveillance camera footage to identify the vehicle the suspects used in their getaway and tracked it to Kanagawa Prefecture. The trio were arrested and 4 million yen of the stolen money recovered from the car.
Police suspected that a fourth person involved and found records of calls between Ito and one of the suspects on his smartphone which he had thrown into Lake Sagami. It was found after a five-hour search of the lake.
Police did not say if the remaining 2 million yen had been recovered or how the gang knew that Satomi had that much money in her condo.
Police said Ito has denied the charge.© Japan Today