Bandits take $4.8 million in Japan heist

Oct. 18, 2004 at 6:34 AM

UTSUNOMIYA, TOCHIGI, Japan, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Masked bandits made off with $4.8 million in cash following a daring raid on a transport company Sunday night in northern Japan.

It was one of the biggest heists in Japanese history.

Four or five bandits raided the transport company in Tochigi prefecture, north of Tokyo, attacking two security guards with stun guns, the Mainichi Shimbun reported Monday. They threatened the guards with what appeared to be handguns before making off with bags that were taken from an unlocked safe. The guards were not injured during the raid.

Police said the raiders spoke only limited Japanese, suggesting at least one of them was a foreigner. They all wore facemasks with holes cut out for the eyes, the paper said.

The money had been collected from another firm and was to be delivered to a Tokyo business Monday.

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