Two men held up a pachinko exchange center in Omiya, Saitama Prefecture, on Monday night, and made off with 37 million yen in cash, police said.
According to police, one of the men approached the exchange center door as a female employee left on her break just after 6 p.m. He entered the building and threatened another female employee with a handgun and ordered her to put cash in a bag he was carrying. The second man acted as a lookout. The pair escaped on a motorbike. No exchange center employees were injured in the robbery, police said.
According to witnesses, the first man used a combination of Japanese and broken English. He was described as being 160-165 cm in height and was dressed entirely in black. The other man was 175-180 cm in height. Both men wore motorcycle helmets. As the men escaped, some witnesses reported hearing a loud bang similar to a handgun discharging.© News reports