Police in Tokyo have arrested three men on suspicion of breaking into the house of an 80-year-old woman and murdering her last month. The victim had received a suspicious phone call asking her how much cash she had at home. The tactics are similar to a recent series of other burglary cases in Tokyo.
The police found and apprehended the three men on Wednesday. The police say the three have denied the allegations.
On February 28, Kuniko Kato was found dead at a condominium room in Koto Ward with her mouth, arms and legs bound with adhesive tape. She lived alone in her condo.
Footage from a surveillance camera at the condo shows a group of three people in black clothes and masks entering the building, and leaving about 30 minutes later.
According to witness accounts, the group left the scene in a mini car.
Police say Kato had received a suspicious phone call asking her how much cash she had at home.
In two other burglary cases at homes of elderly couples in Shibuya Ward in January and February, victims had also received suspicious phone calls before the incidents.
The police suspect the same group is responsible for these two cases.