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CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — The Naval Criminal Investigative Service has put up a $2,000 reward for information concerning last weekend’s robbery of an Okinawa cab driver on Camp Foster.

The robbery took place about 1 a.m. on Jan. 7 outside barracks 217, according to the reward notification posted Friday by NCIS. The reward is for any information leading to the apprehension and conviction of a man the driver described as a dark-skinned male who wore dark pants and a dark, hooded sweat shirt. He was armed with a knife.

The incident is being investigated by military and Okinawa prefectural police.

The 61-year-old cabbie told police he was responding to a call for a taxi at 12:50 a.m. and, while he was waiting for his fare to come out of the barracks building, a man about 5 feet 7 inches tall walked up to the driver’s door and motioned for the cabbie to exit. As soon as the driver opened the door, the man took out a knife and demanded the cabbie’s money.

After the cabbie gave him a box that contained about 5,000 yen ($44) and $5 in U.S. currency, the robber walked toward the rear of the building, according to the police report. The driver was unharmed, police said.

Anyone with information concerning the incident is asked to call the NCIS at DSN 645-0215.


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