Photo/IllutrationA screenshot of a stolen surfboard for sale on an Internet auction site (Provided by related parties)

CHIBA--Dozens of new surfboards worth a total of 10 million yen ($92,270) were stolen from storage locations in two municipalities in Chiba Prefecture, including one that is a venue for surfing at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Chiba prefectural police are investigating the theft of about 10 boards from a surf shop's storage space in Ichinomiya and about 40 from its storage space in Mobara.

Bags and surfing accessories were also taken, the shop said.

The price tags of the boards ranged between 100,000 yen and 200,000 yen, investigative sources said.

The shop noticed the surfboards were gone when its staff was transferring merchandise from storage in February and March.

Shop staff later saw what appeared to be three of the missing boards posted on an online auction site and bought one. When they received it, they found its product number matched one of the stolen boards. They then notified police.

Ichinomiya is known as the nation's surfing capital. About 600,000 visit annually to ride the waves here, which will host the surfing events at the 2020 Tokyo Games.

(This article was written by Susumu Imaizumi and Akiko Tada.)