Saitama man robs 7-Eleven with knives, steals 3 onigiri -- 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.

News sources:, TomoNews
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