You would think the one place money would be the safest in is a ninja museum. After all, what better protectors are there than these stealthy warriors.
However, on Monday, August 19, the Iga-ryu Ninja Museum contacted the police after the alarm was set off at 1:15 am by some thieves, reported VICE. The cops came too late and the agile thieves managed to get away with a safe containing one million yen (approximately $9,400).
The money was the result of admission fees collected over a busy weekend when the museum saw over a thousand visitors. The thieves were agile indeed as they managed to secure a safe believed to have weighed 150 kilograms (330 lbs) and removed it from a one-story wooden office in no time at all.
Police reported that the museum's office was pried open. Officials at the Iga-ryu Ninja Museum revealed that the theft was a huge loss for them.
"We are very disappointed as we have just been slowly recovering from the coronavirus effects on our museum," a museum employee told Japanese state broadcaster NHK.
The question remains how did the thieves manage to pull this job off so quickly without leaving a trace behind. Could they have been ninjas themselves?
The museum is located in the city of Iga that is home to two of the most famous ninja clans. We would venture a guess that they might have pulled off this stunt but we assume they are probably concerned with better and bigger things.
The Iga-ryu Ninja Museum offers visitors a uniquely authentic ninja experience complete with the throwing of shuriken, well-known star-shaped weapon of the warriors. We hope that the museum will recover from this theft quickly and stealthily... like a ninja!