The 26-year-old perpetrator of the Kawasaki watch store robbery gave a “shocking statement” and a “sad face”. | FRIDAY DIGITAL

The 26-year-old perpetrator of the Kawasaki watch store robbery gave a “shocking statement” and a “sad face”.

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Watch store in Kawasaki City broken into by robbers

On June 11, at 1:00 p.m., a violent and vicious robbery occurred at a watch store not far from the west exit of JR Kawasaki Station.

Since the crime was committed during the daytime when there were many pedestrians on the street, there were many witnesses, and the perpetrator was photographed with smartphones and other devices, which were immediately posted on SNS. Security cameras in the area also captured the entire crime, as shown below.

–A black compact car passed in front of the store and stopped. Two men wearing black balaclavas ran out of the car, broke into the store, and smashed the showcase with a crowbar.

The two men attempted to rob the showcase of a high-end watch, but were met with unexpected resistance from the store clerk, and fled with only one bracelet (bangle, about 400,000 yen) stolen.

One of the perpetrators was seized by the shopkeeper near the scene, and the scene was spread on the Internet. The scene was spread on the Internet, exposing him as a man on horseback, out of breath, and ranting about something. The exchange with the police officer who arrived at the scene can be clearly heard.

Police officer: “Are you my friend?

The perpetrator: “I don’t know! I don’t know!

The man, then 26, a resident of Takatsuki City, Osaka, had been caught up in a so-called “blackout job offer” posted on a social networking service and had become the perpetrator of the crime. According to investigators, the man said some surprising words to the police when they questioned him.

He said, “I have already talked with the watch store and the insurance company. If we are robbed, we are supposed to report the damage to the insurance company, so no one will resist at the store. We’ll be fine.”

He stated that he had heard this from the person in charge of directing the black market. Is such a convenient story possible? A source adds, “The man seems to have a disability certificate.

The man seems to have a disability certificate. He appears to have an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). It is likely that the instructor knew that the man was a bit weak, and he led him into committing a crime by making up a ridiculous story.

The three perpetrators, including the driver, were gathered in a park near the scene by an instructor and given a lecture on which store to target, what the store looked like, and what procedure to follow to rob the watch.

The car was procured by another man, then 26, of no fixed address and unemployed. He rented a compact car for the crime using a driver’s license in someone else’s name and was arrested for forgery of a signed private document and use of the same, in addition to the charge of robbery.

Many young people are tempted by the lure of “black market jobs.

The man who procured the car dropped off the perpetrator near the front of the watch store and waited. The plan was to pick them up after the robbery and flee, but when the robbery failed due to resistance from the store employees, he abandoned his two accomplices and drove away from the scene.

The other perpetrator, a 25-year-old man of unknown occupation living in Yokohama, succeeded in escaping from the scene, but was arrested on July 11 on suspicion of robbery and manslaughter. He reportedly told interrogators that he did not injure the victim.

The statutory penalty for robbery is up to life imprisonment, with a minimum of six years. Robbery, on the other hand, is punishable by a term of imprisonment of five years or more. There is a big difference between robbery and inflicting injury, and many of the instructors of yakibito robbery often instruct the robbers not to injure anyone.

A man living in Takatsuki City who was seized at the scene stated that he met his two accomplices for the first time on the day of the incident. The two men were typical of the “black market robbers” and could be cut off at any time by the upper echelons of the criminal group.

Groups that plan robberies in the black market often develop special fraud at the same time. This is because the preparations leading up to the crime are similar, including the procurement of a list of names and cell phones to be skipped, and the recruitment of the perpetrators via social networking sites.

The process of turning black job applicants into perpetrators is also elaborate. They are paid by borrowing their phones for a certain period of time, or by simply carrying cash or cash cards from locker to locker. The idea is to get them accustomed to doing something that is relatively psychologically unburdening, for which they are given a gratuity of around 10,000 yen.

However, these simple “black market jobs” also play a role in special fraud cases, which cause more than 30 billion yen in damage annually. Smartphones are used to communicate with special fraudsters, and the movement between lockers serves to transport funds.

And the criminal activity being directed escalates.

If you want to make a quick buck and a big one, the only way to do it is by robbery.”

This is what the head of a special fraud group said to his subordinate operators. He would explain one-sidedly how to rob someone, and when they hesitated, he would start threatening them, saying, “Now that you’ve asked, you’ll do one job for us,” “Don’t think you can refuse,” “I’ll kill your family,” “I’ll set your house on fire,” and so on.

In the first place, the victims are in need of money, so there is no end to the number of cases in which they accept the offer of “at least one case. This is where the explanation given to the perpetrator by his supervisor comes into play. If he is told that he has already talked with the insurance company, the hurdle to committing the crime drops dramatically.

However, there is no such a convenient story. If the robbery is successful, the insurance company pays up the money as “winnings” and orders the next crime. If they fail, they are cut off. No matter which way the robbery goes, there is no bright future for the perpetrators at the end of the line.

In the case of the Kawasaki Watch Shop robbery and assault, in particular, the cunning and heinousness of the criminal group that had the Takatsuki City resident who was responsible for the robbery carry out the end of the robbery is frighteningly deep in the dark. The man’s first trial will be held on July 25 at the Kawasaki branch of the Yokohama District Public Prosecutors Office.

  • PHOTO Kyodo News (1st photo), Afro (2nd photo)

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