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Thieves make away with €348k after tsunami opens vault

Power outages are thought to have led to vault opening following the earthquakes and tsunami.

Debris from tsunami-stricken houses being removed from a bridge in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, Tuesday, March 22.
Debris from tsunami-stricken houses being removed from a bridge in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, Tuesday, March 22.
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THE EARTHQUAKE AND tsunami that wreaked havoc in Japan led to crime in the country this week.

In the town of Kesennuma, the Shinkin Bank was left post-earthquake with disrupted security mechanisms including a wide-open vault.

The open vault was targeted by a thief or thieves who managed to walk away with 40 million yen (€347,837), The Spec reports.

The tsunami struck the town of Kesennuma on 11 March and police believe the power outages that followed caused the vault to open.

“The bank was flooded, and things were thrown all over. It was a total mess. Somebody stole the money in the midst of the chaos,” said a police official.

Read more at The Spec>

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