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12 teens arrested in attacks on 19 older businessmen.

SAITAMA, Japan, March 5 Kyodo

Twelve youths aged from 14 to 18 have been arrested on suspicion of repeatedly attacking and robbing older businessmen, police said Tuesday.

The teens would break into small groups of three or four to each get more money, and followed drunken businessmen before attacking them in deserted places, they said.

The suspects, including two junior high school and five high school students from Tokorozawa, Saitama Prefecture, are part of an estimated 20-member juvenile delinquent group that hangs out at Tokorozawa Station on Seibu lines, the police said.

They said the teens have attacked 19 businessmen, robbing them of a total of about 140,000 yen in cash as well as about 360,000 yen worth of items such as commuter passes and bags.

Investigations showed that from June 22 to late November last year, the youths are believed to have been involved in seven thefts resulting in injury, six thefts, five extortions and one case of assault causing injury.

One victim is a 51-year-old man who was injured when the teens ganged up on him. A 60-year-old man on his way home in the same area was robbed of cash of 71,000 yen, the police said.
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Date:Mar 11, 2002
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