Tag Archives: thief

Hole-in-the-wall thieves hit Tobu

Some ¥5 million worth of watches and other items were stolen before dawn Thursday from Tobu Department Store Co.’s Ikebukuro store in Tokyo, and the thieves apparently got in via a hole they cut in the outer wall of the seventh floor — a tactic similar to a heist in the Ginza district earlier this year for which a group in Hong Kong was charged, police said.

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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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Thiefhunters in Paradise

Bob Arno - the Usual Suspect

Bob Arno - the Usual Suspect

You may know Bob Arno, the world’s greatest pick pocket but you may not know he has a blog… Thiefhunters in Paradise.

Ready to hit the road? Unsuspecting travelers face an obstacle course of scams, cons, and rip-offs. Opportunistic thieves lie in wait. Strategists create their own opportunities. Devilish scams are designed to divert your attention, even against your will. In the places people love to visit most, distract theft, con games, credit card scams, and identity theft have increased dramatically. Here’s a backdoor-perspective on the techniques of the most underhanded scoundrels. Why hunt thieves?

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Gallery: B.C.’s Most Wanted Car Thieves

Despite the success of the Bait Car program, car thieves continue to work across British Columbia. These are the ten most wanted, according to the RCMP.

#1: Ryan John Bellman - 26 yrs old, 54, 141lbs. Wanted in Richmond for possession of stolen property, Break and Enter. Alleged he attempted a home invasion and fled in a stolen vehicle belonging to an RCMP officer.

#1: Ryan John Bellman - 26 yrs old, 5'4", 141lbs. Wanted in Richmond for possession of stolen property, Break and Enter. Alleged he attempted a home invasion and fled in a stolen vehicle belonging to an RCMP officer.

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Discovery TV Series – It Takes A Thief

TV Series - It Takes a Thief

TV Series - It Takes a Thief

Enter It Takes a Thief, a unique new Discovery Channel series that offers viewers something they’ve never seen before: a home burglary performed by convicted former thieves that is taped as it happens, followed by a lesson in what steps to take to prevent such a violation from occurring again.

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Robin Hood of Japan

Ishigawa Goeman represented in a Kabuki play

Ishigawa Goeman represented in a Kabuki play

Ishikawa Goemon was a Japanese bandit from the late 16th century, in the Edo era, who has reached legendary reknown. Originally known as a thief that was reportedly put to death by boiling oil in 1594, he has been the subject of countless plays, novels, movies, and computer games. The legend that has grown around him is that he was a Robin Hood for the times, stealing from the rich (particularly the cruel Daimyo, Toyotomi Hideyoshi), and giving to the poor. There are many stories about him, and they tend to be dramatically different. According to some, he was a “ninja“, trained by the ninja master Momochi Sandayu. According to others he was a samurai, formerly known as Sanada Kuranoshin, who became a ronin.

Goemon bring thrown into the magic pot

Goemon being thrown into the magic pot

The legend of his death is that he was captured during an assassination attempt. He was sneaking in to Fushimi castle, where the Daimyo lived, with the purpose of killing the ruler in his sleep. Toyotomi Hideyoshi was not a popular Daimyo, apparently being a very vicious tyrant who ruled his people mercilessly. The Daimyo had a magic incense burner that warned him of the intruder, and guards captured him quickly. He and his family were put to death, placed in a cauldron of boiling oil. However, there are stories that Ishikara never attempted to assassinate the Daimyo, and that it was instead a plot, a coup attempt by the military, which failed, and was blaimed on him. There are stories that claim that he was never actually caught, and the story of the boiling in oil was created by the Daimyo to save face.

The history of Ishikawa Goemon has become clouded by story-tellers, legend, and antiquity. What we do know, is that he has become a very popular character in Japanese culture. Ishikawa Goemon is used as an archetype, and used in stories he could not possibly have been in, anachronistically. In this manner, he is similar to Miyamoto Musashi. There is a kensei (sword saint) in the Lupin series who uses the moniker, and there are many “ninja movies” in which he is the lead character. Something about his persona inspires the imagination, and he is a regularly recurring character in Japanese entertainment.

Article by Eos