Police investigating soldiers in Korean tip-jar theft
YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — South Korean police are investigating two U.S. soldiers in connection with the theft of money from a tip jar in an off-base bar.
Yongsan police station detective Jung Hyun-soo said the soldiers, both 23, were apprehended about 12:30 a.m. Sunday at Gecko’s Terrace Bar in Itaewon.
During the initial questioning, Jung alleged, the soldiers admitted to taking about $200 in won and dollars from the jar for fun.
Jung alleged Bryant took advantage of the crowded bar and grabbed the tip jar while the bartenders were busy. He said both soldiers then stuffed the money into their pockets.
A woman who witnessed the act alerted the bar manager, who contacted the police, according to Jung.