Ruby worth $29 million snatched in central Tokyo

Kyodo News

Posted at Jan 27 2021 03:17 PM

Pedestrians wearing protective masks, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, make their way at Ginza shopping district which closed to cars on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan, Jan. 10, 2021. Kim Kyung-Hoon, Reuters

TOKYO - A rough ruby worth approximately 3 billion yen ($29 million) was snatched Wednesday during a sale negotiation at a building in central Tokyo, police said.

Two men fled the scene in the capital's glitzy Ginza district in what police believe was an alleged theft.

A man reported the incident to police around noon.

The police quoted an eyewitness as saying the suspects placed the stone in a case before fleeing.

The building is located near Tokyo Metro Co.'s Ginza Station in an area that is home to numerous high-end stores.

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