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Police implicate robbery victim’s sister

STAFF WRITER

Police authorities yesterday said they had made a breakthrough in the investigation of a robbery in Tainan City last year, alleging the sister of the victim may have been involved in the crime.

In November, three masked gunmen stalked and robbed a man of NT$77 million (US$2.4 million) in Tainan City. The robbery took place at 3pm after a man named Tsai Ching-tien (蔡進添) withdrew the money from a branch of Mega International Commercial Bank in the city and returned to his watch shop a few blocks away. As he stopped his car in front of his shop, three masked gunmen approached him and tried to grab the two trunks filled with cash he had brought from the bank. Tsai and two of his employees tried to stop the gunmen. During the struggle, one of the robbers shot a female employee in the leg. The gunmen made off with the money.

Following questioning on Wednesday of about 10 people, police yesterday alleged Tsai’s sister had a role in the robbery, declining to elaborate.

Upon learning that his younger sister might be involved in the crime, Tsai and his elder sister rushed to the police precinct yesterday hoping to talk her into “facing the truth with honesty.”

Tainan prosecutors asked the Tainan District Court to detain two individuals for their suspected ties to the robbery.

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