A man pretending to buy canned coffee tried to rob one convenience store and robbed another in Kazo, Saitama Prefecture on Jan 5 and Jan 6, police said Monday.
According to police, the first robbery occurred at around 11:30 p.m. on Jan 5 at a FamilyMart store in Raiha. Although the man initially entered the premises pretending to buy a canned coffee drink, he immediately pointed a knife at an employee and demanded cash, Fuji TV reported. The employee managed to flee to the back of the store, and the suspect left empty-handed.
Approximately six hours later, a man entered a 7-Eleven store located about 300 meters away from the FamilyMart convenience store and managed to make off with 39,000 yen in cash after physically threatening a male employee with a knife.
In the second incident, the suspect once again posed as a customer by taking a canned coffee in his hand and approaching the register as if he was going to purchase the product.
The man, who was wearing a black down jacket at the time, is believed to be between in his 50s.© Japan Today