When it comes to making some extra cash, people are willing to jump through hoops. But one restaurant manager took it to the extreme, breaking into his own place of employment to swipe some money.


Rocket News 24 reports that 22-year-old restaurant manager Hijiri Sato is currently under investigation for breaking into his own restaurant and stealing 300,000 yen (US $2,600). Suspicions began after an employee identified a robber breaking into the restaurant with a knife as his manager Sato. The manager, thrown off by how fast the employee identified him, brushed the incident off to make it look like a spur of the moment training session to prepare for armed robberies. After being caught, Sato told his staff, “Watch out for robberies.” Little did they know their manager would soon be back to carry out his foiled plan.


In Sato’s plan B, he was able to steal the 300,000 yen without being recognized by the staff. After swiping the cash, Sato called in the police to report the incident, claiming two people stole the money. An investigation ensued and Sato was found to be the guilty culprit. Authorities were also able to find Sato had embezzled 57,000 yen ($500) from the restaurant sales. Sato now faces charges for embezzlement and robbery.

You have to admit, out of all the places to try and rob, the easiest target would have to be a restaurant you know backwards and forward. But Sato’s story teaches us that just because it seems like a good idea, doesn’t mean that your plan will actually work.


Oddly enough, this is not the first time we’ve seen a staged robbery attempted by a manager at their own restaurant. Back in July, Mary Elizabeth Dalton, a manager at a Taco Bell-KFC joint establishment, called police to report an armed robbery. Later, police found Dalton to be the prime suspect.

[via Rocket News 24]