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Police look for ‘ninjas’ in Kaohsiung Costco robbery

CLEAN GETAWAY:The thieves broke into display cases without setting off alarms, stealing jewelry, watches and electronics worth NT$4.07 million

Staff writer, with CNA

Police said yesterday they were searching for a car allegedly involved in a robbery of a Costco Wholesale Co branch in Greater Kaohsiung on Monday night

Investigators said that according to surveillance video footage, two suspects broke into the US company’s Dashun branch at about 2am, leaving at least one person outside as a lookout.

The suspects avoided the security system at the front gate by making an 80cm wide hole in the wall about 2m from the door, the police said.

The thieves broke into several display cases without triggering the alarms, stealing jewelry, watches and consumer electronics worth NT$4.07 million (US$136,200), the police added.

The investigators said they had obtained file photographs of the stolen items and were focusing their attention on a “suspicious-looking vehicle,” seen in the vicinity.

The investigators described the burglars as “ninjas,” because video footage showed them dressed completely in black and their faces covered with black masks.

“The warehouse is equipped with a security system. We do not know how they broke into the facility without triggering the alarm,” Costco marketing manager Wang Yu-mei (王友玫) was quoted as saying by the Chinese-language Liberty Times (the Taipei Times’ sister newspaper).

This is the first robbery at Costco since the company arrived in Taiwan 15 years ago. The Dashun branch opened in August last year.

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