Saitama man robs 7-Eleven with knives, steals 3 onigiri
rocketnews24.com -- May 06
A 7-Eleven convenience store in Kasukabe City, Saitama Prefecture was the scene of a daring late-night armed robbery earlier this week as an unidentified young man held clerks at knife-point and made off with a total of three onigiri rice balls, whose combined value came to approximately 300 yen (US$2.94).

He'd have gotten away with too, if it hadn't been for the bread delivery guy…

According to police, at around 4:25am on 3 May, a 23-year-old office worker allegedly entered the 7-Eleven much like any other customer. As he approached the 26-year-old woman standing beside the counter, however, he revealed two knives, holding one in each hand.

With a knife pressed against one of the clerks, he said, "Onigiri will do." The other woman working there was confused and asked whether he wanted money.The suspect did not respond, however, and made the employees turn around and face the register while he hurried to the onigiri corner in the store to make his score.

He hurriedly grabbed one shrimp and mayo rice ball and a couple of tuna mayos and ran out of the store.

The suspect's caper had appeared successful but unbeknownst to him, there was a third person inside the store. A man from the baked goods supplier was making a delivery at the same time and was stocking shelves in the back. Upon seeing the suspect run out of the store, he went in pursuit.

As he trailed the young bandit, the bread man dialed 110 on his mobile phone and called the authorities. Police swiftly rendezvoused with them and took down the suspect approximately 300 meters from the store.

「おにぎりでいいや」。埼玉県春日部市のコンビニエンスストアに押し入った強盗が、お­にぎり3個(税込300円相当)を盗んで逃走し、取り押さえられた。男は会社員の山元­裕介容疑者(23)で、5月3日午前4時25分ごろ、コンビニエンスストア「セブン-­イレブン春日部南2丁目店」に包丁2本を持って押し入り、勤務していた女性店員(26­)らにおにぎりを要求。棚から3個を奪って逃げた。しかし、当時店内にいたパンを納入­する業者の男性が騒ぎを目撃しており、山元容疑者を追って警察に通報。山元容疑者は約­300メートル先の路上で警察官に現行犯逮捕された。容疑を認めているという。盗んだ­おにぎりの中身はツナマヨ2個とエビマヨ1個だった。
News sources: rocketnews24.com, TomoNews
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