• Kyodo


Burglars broke into the home of a Nagoya businessman Sunday night, tied him up and stole a heavy safe containing 250,000 yen in cash, gold necklaces and bank passbooks, police said Monday.

The victim, Hisao Hamada, 67, who runs a beauty equipment company from his home, was kicked in the stomach and suffered light bruises, police said.

Hamada, who lives alone, told investigators he saw two intruders. But police suspect more were involved because the strong box, 130 cm high, weighs some 200 to 300 kg.

The burglars blindfolded Hamada and tied his hands with adhesive tape. He managed to untie himself after the intruders fled and sought help from his sister, who lives in the neighborhood.

Hamada told police that he was assaulted by two men inside his bedroom soon after hearing a noise at around 11 p.m. He said the two had medium builds and were about 165 cm tall. One appeared to be between 25 and 30 years old.

The intruders did not say a word, Hamada said.

Aichi Prefecture has been hit by a recent series of break-ins involving burglars who used adhesive tape to tie up their victims.

In Shippo, Aichi Prefecture, a burglary victim whose mouth and nose had been covered with adhesive tape died of suffocation.

In a break-in at a home in Nagoya’s Higashi district last month, burglars stole a safe containing about 100 million yen worth of cash and securities.

Police said burglars using adhesive tape were also active in Wakayama and Mie prefectures.

Store’s safe missing

GIFU (Kyodo) A safe containing some 12 million yen in cash was stolen from the office of a supermarket in the town of Kinan, Gifu Prefecture, early Monday, police reported.

Upon hearing an alarm go off at the Top-one Foods Kinan Store shortly before 3 a.m. Monday, a guard rushed to the store’s second-floor office. The door appeared to have been pried open by a crowbar, and the safe was missing.

According to local police, the safe weighs about 200 kg and contained about 12 million yen — about 10 million yen in proceeds and approximately 2 million yen the store prepared for change.

Investigators surmise that at least two people were involved.

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