Tokyo: 3 men appearing to be foreigners behind Kabukicho ticket shop theft -- Oct 18
Three men believed to be foreigners are behind to have been behind the theft of more than 4 million yen from a ticket shop in Shinjuku Ward on Wednesday, police said, reports NHK (Oct. 17).

At around 2:00 p.m., one of the men asked a clerk at Access Ticket, located in the Kabukicho red-light district, in English to see a bag inside a display case.

While the clerk’s attention was diverted, one of the other two men then swiped 4.3 million yen in cash and an unspecified amount of foreign banknotes from behind the counter.

A similar incident took place about 1 hour before. In that case, two persons appearing to be foreigners approached a foreign currency exchange counter and spoke with an employee. “Your [advertising] flag is down,” one of them said in English.

Similar to the aforementioned case, the second person went behind the counter and attempted to swipe an unspecified amount of cash while the employee was distracted. However, the fact that the counter area was locked caused the persons to flee empty-handed.

While seeking the whereabouts of the first trio on suspicion of theft, police are also investigating whether the two cases are connected.

東京・歌舞伎町のチケットショップで現金370万円などが盗まれ、警視庁は客を装って店に来た3人組の男の犯行とみて行方を追っています。  16日午後2時半ごろ、新宿区歌舞伎町のチケットショップで棚に入れてあった現金370万円と外国紙幣がなくなっていることに店員が気付き、警備会社に通報しました。警視庁によりますと、被害に遭う直前に外国人風の男3人が店を訪れていました。店はブランド品も扱っていて、男の1人が店員に英語で「バッグを見せてほしい」と話し掛け、店員がバッグを出して接客している間に別の1人がカウンターの中に入って現金を盗んだということです。警視庁は窃盗事件として3人の行方を追っています。
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