Knife-welding thieves steal luxury watches worth <$1M in Ginza; witnesses close the door?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ukjPksfJ7ik

Watch phone video of 3 masked thieves who robbed the Quark Ginza 888 watch shop during the day. The thieves wielded knives. Thankfully, no one was hurt, and 4 teenage suspects were arrested. Some of the #rolex and other luxury brand watches taken in the heist were recovered in and around the getaway vehicle.

Japan Times and other news agencies are reporting that the 3 teens and 2 others that remained in the getaway van were unacquainted and possibly hired through a dark part-time jobs posting.

It's interesting to see the surprised reactions of passersby, two of whom close the glass door, while thieves smash glass display cases inside.

I imagine this type of crime is rare in Japan. What are your thoughts on this? Why close the door? Was the person who bankrolled this operation tired of being on the waitlist?

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Better luck next time. I think they were heeding the old adage about not letting the door hit you on the way out?

Oscar鈥檚 change is freaking me out! :-)

Perhaps they were trying to lock them in the store until the police get there?

Most high end places have shatter proof store fronts, so there was little risk to the guy trying to close them in the store short of being over powered.

AllTheWatches

Oscar鈥檚 change is freaking me out! :-)

Perhaps they were trying to lock them in the store until the police get there?

Most high end places have shatter proof store fronts, so there was little risk to the guy trying to close them in the store short of being over powered.

That's a thought - and the petite woman actually tried to hold them in. She clearly knew what was going on, but didn't hesitate.

It's not clear what was used to smash the cases, which would also likely be pretty sturdy is most places. I'd bet the shop and others like it will see some changes to structures, if only for insurance purposes. Then again, we don't know who allegedly hired these kids...

timegeek

That's a thought - and the petite woman actually tried to hold them in. She clearly knew what was going on, but didn't hesitate.

It's not clear what was used to smash the cases, which would also likely be pretty sturdy is most places. I'd bet the shop and others like it will see some changes to structures, if only for insurance purposes. Then again, we don't know who allegedly hired these kids...

It is shocking how many display cases in high end places are little more than tempered glass. I realize it鈥檚 a cost analysis, but if they are in a high end, heavy traffic area, wouldn鈥檛 it be worth it? Not sure how legit this video is, but I鈥檝e seen previous demos like this for home glass etc.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=6&v=Bnh-mGP7fLw&embeds_euri=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.highsecuritydisplay.com%2F&source_ve_path=Mjg2NjY&feature=emb_logo

AllTheWatches

It is shocking how many display cases in high end places are little more than tempered glass. I realize it鈥檚 a cost analysis, but if they are in a high end, heavy traffic area, wouldn鈥檛 it be worth it? Not sure how legit this video is, but I鈥檝e seen previous demos like this for home glass etc.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=6&v=Bnh-mGP7fLw&embeds_euri=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.highsecuritydisplay.com%2F&source_ve_path=Mjg2NjY&feature=emb_logo

I'm not sure if our hurricane windows are this strong... 馃槀

This happened in Japan??? Craziness.

From what I understand, homicides are pretty much the only reliable crime statistic - there's a dead body and it's harder to sweep them under the rug the way violent crimes / property crimes often are.

https://worldpopulationreview.com/country-rankings/murder-rate-by-country

Top 10 Countries with the Lowest Murder Rates (per 100k people) in 2017:

  1. Japan (0.2)

  2. Singapore (0.2)

  3. Hong Kong (China) (0.3)

  4. Luxembourg (0.3)

  5. Indonesia (0.4)

  6. Norway (0.5)

  7. Oman (0.5)

  8. Switzerland (0.5)

  9. United Arab Emirates (0.5)

  10. China (0.6)

If you think of homicide as a proxy for general criminality, Japan is the country with lowest crime IN THE WORLD. To have this happen in Japan is nearly unthinkable!

Mr.Dee.Bater

This happened in Japan??? Craziness.

From what I understand, homicides are pretty much the only reliable crime statistic - there's a dead body and it's harder to sweep them under the rug the way violent crimes / property crimes often are.

https://worldpopulationreview.com/country-rankings/murder-rate-by-country

Top 10 Countries with the Lowest Murder Rates (per 100k people) in 2017:

  1. Japan (0.2)

  2. Singapore (0.2)

  3. Hong Kong (China) (0.3)

  4. Luxembourg (0.3)

  5. Indonesia (0.4)

  6. Norway (0.5)

  7. Oman (0.5)

  8. Switzerland (0.5)

  9. United Arab Emirates (0.5)

  10. China (0.6)

If you think of homicide as a proxy for general criminality, Japan is the country with lowest crime IN THE WORLD. To have this happen in Japan is nearly unthinkable!

I think it says something they arrested them within minutes.

Reminds me of the opening scene of The Dark Knight with all the guys in clown masks.

Mr.Dee.Bater

This happened in Japan??? Craziness.

From what I understand, homicides are pretty much the only reliable crime statistic - there's a dead body and it's harder to sweep them under the rug the way violent crimes / property crimes often are.

https://worldpopulationreview.com/country-rankings/murder-rate-by-country

Top 10 Countries with the Lowest Murder Rates (per 100k people) in 2017:

  1. Japan (0.2)

  2. Singapore (0.2)

  3. Hong Kong (China) (0.3)

  4. Luxembourg (0.3)

  5. Indonesia (0.4)

  6. Norway (0.5)

  7. Oman (0.5)

  8. Switzerland (0.5)

  9. United Arab Emirates (0.5)

  10. China (0.6)

If you think of homicide as a proxy for general criminality, Japan is the country with lowest crime IN THE WORLD. To have this happen in Japan is nearly unthinkable!

1000% Japan is unthinkably safe. When I was there Two months ago I saw people wearing Navitimers and vintage Rolex on the train. I see kids around the age of 7 walking home alone no problems. Same at night very safe to walk at all hours. You basically need to look hard for trouble to get arrested.

This has been all over the news in Japan today. All the culprits were in their teens and didn鈥檛 know each other - these people who use youngsters like pawns through 鈥渄ark part-time job鈥 listings is pretty scary.