Ninja Museum in Japan Broken into at Night, Gets Over $9,000 Stolen

A museum known for its ninja attraction in Mie Prefecture, Japan was the target of a late-night burglary on Monday, with nearly $10,000 taken from a safe.
Image Screenshot via NHK

What happened: Iga-ryu Ninja Museum confirmed the events on Thursday, according to Kyodo News.

The museum was reportedly unmanned since 5:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Police were alerted after the alarm inside the museum’s office went off at around 1:30 a.m. but the thieves were already gone after the authorities arrived at the scene.
The thieves managed to get away with a safe measuring 50 centimeters (19 inches) on all sides and weighed 150 kilograms (330 pounds).
Authorities discovered the door of the office containing the safe was opened by a tool believed to be a crowbar.

Image Screenshot via NHK

Aftermath: CCTV footage from the incident showed a car pulling up near the office and a person forcibly changing the angle of the camera, NHK reported via SoraNews24.
Investigators estimated it took the criminals about three minutes to pull off the heist.
The safe contained at least one million Japanese yen ($9,430) in admission fees collected over the last weekend from around 1,100 people, the museum said.

Iga-ryu Ninja Museum is famous for its interactive experiences where tourists can learn how to use traditional ninja tools, throw shurikens and watch ninja shows. It has also suffered a massive financial hit amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
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