Hole-in-the-wall thieves steal £2m of watches in Tokyo

First published: 04-01-2010

An upmarket area of the Japanese capital has been left in shock after a major raid saw £2 million worth of watches being stolen from a jewellery store.

Around 200 luxury timepieces were removed from the store, which was accessed via a 40 to 50cm hole in one of the store's walls, though it is still unknown as to when the theft took place.

This is because the drilling of such a hole, which would have gone directly through concrete, would be particularly loud and very difficult to ignore, according to Shinya Watanabe, a spokesman for the Tokyo metropolitan police.

Watches created by popular yet expensive firms such as Rolex, Chopard and Piaget were all taken during the burglary in what is considered to be Tokyo's busiest high-class shopping district.

Last month, Milton Keynes was rocked when shopping location centre:MK saw gunmen storm Leslie Davis jewellers, stealing watches and other luxury items.

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