Japanese gambler stole $140,000 in CASH from his boss’ suitcase and blew it all at Crown Casino in just four hours

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A young Japanese man has been jailed in Melbourne for stealing $140,000 from his boss’s suitcase and losing it at Crown Casino over four hours.

Takuro Yanagida, 23, was visiting Melbourne with his boss, when he used a key in October 2018 to unlock his employer’s suitcase at their hotel in a ‘naive, amateurish and unsophisticated’ act.

Yanagida had developed a ‘precarious financial position’ and become involved in gambling in the months leading up to the incident.

A young Japanese man has been jailed in Melbourne for stealing $140,000 from his boss's suitcase and losing it at Crown Casino over four hours
A young Japanese man has been jailed in Melbourne for stealing $140,000 from his boss’s suitcase and losing it at Crown Casino over four hours

He went to Crown Casino and exchanged the money for chips, proceeding to lose the ‘entire sum over a four-hour period’ in a ‘panic-driven, opportunistic crime’.

Yanagida initially denied what he’d done, but made full admissions after Crown Casino was called and identified him as the person who’d exchanged the money for chips.

‘Your offending may have been initiated by a naive belief that you could use (your employer’s) money to win at the casino and pay off your financial situation,’ County Court Judge Robert Dyer said while sentencing on Friday.

The judge accepted Yanagida’s early plea was indicative of genuine remorse before jailing him for eight months.

Yanagida has already served 207 days in pre-sentence detention, meaning he must serve another month before he is freed, and deported to Japan.

 

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