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Thieves steal electronic goods worth Y10 million in Ibaraki warehouse robbery

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Thieves in the city of Tsuchiura, Ibaraki Prefecture, staged a midnight raid Saturday and made off with electronic goods worth a combined total of around 10 million yen.

Police received an emergency call from a consumer electronics company at around 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, reporting that a warehouse window had been broken and that electronic goods had been stolen. Police later discovered that a window had been left unlocked when the last employee left the warehouse at around midnight. It is believed that the thieves then entered the premises by the open window and stole 61 items including televisions, DVD players and other consumer electronics goods.

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ow... i pity that last employee

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This is why you shouldn't have people working until midnight. People are not robots. They do things like forget to close windows.

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Why would they break an open window?

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goddog, agreed! And how did the keystones figure out that a broken window was left open, if it was left open?

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moonknightskye said: ow... i pity that last employee

Me too. The police conclude a window was left open despite all that glass on the floor! They don't call them keystones for nothing! But the police conclusion will be believed, or at least accepted by those too timid to question or scream "BAKA!" in their faces as I might.

Even in the odd chance that there is some other explanation for that broken window, are we honestly expected to believe that those guys were just waiting for a window to be left open, or just happened to drop by on the night one was? I know several ways to open windows that people "think" are locked, and I could enter a lot of places and leave and people would just think they left the window unlocked. That is why there are alarms for windows.

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Why would they break an open window?

To get to the other side?

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Maybe the window was broken to make it easier to get all the stolen TVs, etc, out.

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me checks yahoo auctions for a good bargain...

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Actually, the story says that the company called the police reporting that a window was broken. It doesn't actually state that a window was in fact broken.

It could be that the alarm company detected an open window and just assumed that it was broken.

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Erm...why would you break an unlocked window?

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Maybe the open window and the one that was broken were two different windows.

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Are all electronics warehouses that easy to break into and steal from?? Sounds like money waiting to be made by anybody with a brain, a moving van and a rock.

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maybe the window was broken as a decoy becaus ethe employess who stole it all used the front door

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No alarm system? That's intriguing...

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Maybe there were no broken windows and, as jonobugs said, it was only reported 'broken'. The police could have just asked if the last guy remembered to lock it. When he says '....oh man,' they've got all the info they need. As for it being coincidence, healthy skepticism is in order.

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Man I absolutely love a good thievinstory! A hundred grand worth of stolen electronics!? Baby, if it hasnt fallen off the back of a truck and found its way into some smoke-filled pub, then I ain`t buying! Some families are in for some cheap gear for Chrissy! Yippee! Onya Santa!

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I for one would love to know the exact items stolen, I wonder if they are not all out of date stock that cannot be sold at a profit or even at cost?

I have seen this sort of "robbery" in other businesses and knowing that the market for stolen product in Japan is very limited, I for one would not be surprised that not even one of the stolen items ever shows up again and that the insurance payout will be more than what the company would get if they tried selling the items in question.

I say this having worked for a certain industry that had some incredibly "lucky" thefts of very old stock that could not be sold and collected considerably on the insurance.

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