Crooks take advantage of Japan earthquake to steal millions from ATMs

Crooks take advantage of Japan earthquake to steal millions from ATMs

Criminals have stolen millions of pounds from cash machines left unguarded in the wake of Japan's 11 March earthquake and tsunami, according to local press reports.

A total of Y684 million (around £5.4 million) has been taken from 56 ATMs in the three disaster-hit Tohoku prefectures, says the Asia News Network, citing Japan's National Police Agency.

About Y420 million has been stolen from within 20 kilometres of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant which was seriously damaged by the earthquake, causing people to flee the area.

The only arrests so far came last week when the Miyagi prefectural police picked up five male minors on suspicion of stealing Y13 million from one machine.

Unguarded ATMs robbed of $10.5 million - Asia News Network

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