Police on Friday said they are searching for a thief who stole change from five vending machines in Hachioji.
According to police, three vending machines in Kamiongata were found to have been torched in order to provide access to the coin storage compartment at about 6:20 a.m. on Thursday, TV Asahi reported. About 40 minutes later, two more tobacco vending machines located 7 kilometers away in Inume were found to have been robbed using the same method. The amount stolen from the two machines was estimated to have been around 40,000 yen.
In total, police say that around 31 machines in 26 locations have been robbed using the same modus operandi since March.© Japan Today