Stolen truck used in ¥10 million jewelry store smash-and-grab

Crime scene of the Smash and Grab

Smash, grab: Thieves used a truck early Monday to smash their way into the Ebisu Jewelry Shop in Kobe before making off with some million worth of goods. KYODO PHOTO

And just a few months ago in Japan… a similar scene, more than familiar…

on 7th April 2009

KOBE (Kyodo) A stolen truck was used in a predawn smash-and-grab jewelry heist Monday in Kobe, police said.

The truck was slammed backward into the Ebisu Jewelry Shop in Chuo Ward at around 4:40 a.m., the police said. The suspects smashed display cases and stole ¥10 million worth of jewelry.

The store’s safe was untouched. The theft took two minutes to pull off, police said.

A passerby saw three men driving away in the truck, which was later found abandoned on a street about 200 meters southwest of the store. The police said the truck had been reported stolen from a local company.

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