Possible mastermind of May Ginza heist arrested

Tokyo police have arrested a possible mastermind behind the robbery of a luxury watch store in central Tokyo in May. The suspect is an 18-year-old part-time worker.

A group of masked men broke into the store in the Ginza district and took 74 watches and other items worth a total of about 300 million yen, or roughly 2 million dollars. Five people were initially arrested in connection with the heist.

Investigators analyzed smartphone data and found that another individual had sent instructions to the perpetrators via a communications app known for its high confidentiality.

Ensuing investigations led to the arrest of the 18-year-old living in Yokohama City. The person, who was 17 at the time of the crime, is believed to have issued the instructions.

Police have not disclosed whether the teen has admitted to the allegations. They believe more individuals gave instructions in the heist, and are continuing to investigate.

Source: https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20230929_18/