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Suspected ringleader of gang that stole ¥6 million from actress at her condo arrested

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Police have arrested a 22-year-old man on suspicion of masterminding the robbery of the Tokyo apartment of porn film actress Yuria Satomi last October.

The robbery occurred at around 10:30 a.m. on Oct 26 at the high-rise condominium in Meguro Ward, Fuji TV reported. Three minors -- a restaurant employee, 19, a painter and a high school student, 19, who drove the getaway car, were arrested the next day. All three live in Chiba Prefecture.

On Tuesday, police said a fourth suspect, Koji Ito, who also lives Chiba Prefecture, was arrested. He is believed to have recruited the three minors and gave them directions by phone during the robbery.

The 35-year-old actress told police one of the intruders, dressed as a courier, buzzed her on the intercom, so she assumed he was making a delivery and let him into the building. 

After she opened the door, he threatened her with a knife, stating, "I've stabbed someone before. Hand over the money.” An accomplice followed him in. Both of them wore white face masks.

The two managed to make off with 6 million yen in cash from a safe and a closet.

Satomi told police that while the two men were searching her apartment, they were wearing earphones, as if they were listening to someone telling them where to look.

Police used surveillance camera footage to identify the vehicle the suspects used in their getaway and tracked it to Kanagawa Prefecture. The trio were arrested and 4 million yen of the stolen money recovered from the car.

Police suspected that a fourth person involved and found records of calls between Ito and one of the suspects on his smartphone which he had thrown into Lake Sagami. It was found after a five-hour search of the lake.

Police did not say if the remaining 2 million yen had been recovered or how the gang knew that Satomi had that much money in her condo.

Police said Ito has denied the charge.

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Porn stars aren’t the brightest

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She doesn't use bank account?

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Cell phone found in a lake? Getting directions via ear phones?

There is obviously much, much more to this story. I suspect that someone well known to her was involved. Just who is the “mystery 4th person”? Ex boyfriend?

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or some unorthodox recovery of unpaid loans?

many Japanese, especially older, keep their savings in a safe at home; some people do the same with undeclared income from various sources.

Foreignbrotherhood, how many porn stars have you talked to? They may say the same about the army, you know...

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Good job NPA!

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Looks like Ito and company were not fans of Satomi's work. I wonder how she explains that kind of cash to the inland revenue? Does she state that she came into money?

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The two managed to make off with 6 million yen in cash from a safe and a closet.

So....they also stole a whole closet on top of the 6 mil they stole? That makes no sense!

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a high school student, 19, who drove the getaway car

Sounds about accurate. This was in October? So if he graduates in March, he may be 20 years old? Sounds like you have a bright future there kid.

Wasn't this the robbery that was done as publicity? Or was that ANOTHER one involving a porn star? We need more videos of this.

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The J-cops seem to be big fans of Ms. Satomi. There's a lot of investigation that's gone into this case, unlike others you might hear about.

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Headline of the article:

Suspected ringleader of gang that stole ¥6 million from actress at her condo arrested

Opening sentence:

Police have arrested a 22-year-old man on suspicion of masterminding the robbery of the Tokyo apartment of porn film actress Yuria Satomi last October.

Headline reads "actress" so why just say "porn film actress" in the headline? I would think that would actually draw more attention to the article.

And why is there no mention of the name of the gang that this "ringleader" belonged to? Or were these three the "gang"? I also like how it reads "masterminding the robbery" - the way it is described in the article, it didn't seem that much thought or planning was really required. I was hoping to read that they bypassed some high tech security or something like that - nope, they just rang the doorbell.

sigh

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