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Perpetrator of brazen bonuses theft a mystery 50 years on

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On a rainy December morning in 1968, a bank’s cash transport car carrying about 300 million yen in bonuses for employees of Toshiba Corp.’s Fuchu plant was stolen by someone disguised as a uniformed motorcycle police officer.

Dec. 10 marks the 50th anniversary of the famed “300 million yen robbery,” which took place in Fuchu, a city in Tokyo’s Tama area.

Since the robber apparently knew the byroads and shortcuts in the area well, police thought the culprit was familiar with the neighborhood.

Investigators conducted interviews with residents of local households a total of 1 million times. It is said that many young men with motorcycle licenses were interviewed again and again ad nauseam.

There is still a strong public interest in the robbery, which is one of the........

© The Asahi Shimbun