Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Defendant denies holding up store in monkey costume

'I didn't do anything. I didn't go to the store either'

A 31-year-old man accused of trying to rob a convenience store while disguised in a monkey costume denied a charge of attempted theft as his trial opened in the Yokkaichi branch of the Tsu District Court on Monday.

Speaking against the charge, the man, Takashi Ishimitsu, said he hadn't even visited the store in Yokkaichi, Mie Prefecture.

"I didn't do anything. I didn't go to the store either," he said.

In their opening statement at the court, prosecutors alleged that Ishimitsu entered the convenience store at about 2:15 a.m. on Jan. 25 while wearing a monkey costume. He allegedly tried to take money from the store's cash register, but failed.

The would-be robber fled empty-handed when a store employee went to contact the head of the store.

Story here.

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