Firework bandit robs bookstore


TOYKO (majirox news) — Investigators continue to search for a man who held up a suburban Tokyo bookstore by threatening the manager with a lit firework, the Metropolitan Police Department said Sept. 29.

The man described as being about 160 centimeters (around 5’3″) tall and wearing a gray hoodie and white surgical mask made off with 5,000 yen (around $65) in cash after threatening the bookstore manager in Nishitokyo on Thursday night.

Police said the man entered the store at about 8 p.m., brandishing a lit firework pointed in the direction of the manager while he demanded cash. The manager passed over the money to the bandit. The robber snatched it and then ran from the store while still holding the firework, police said.

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