Several base workers eyed in probe of Camp Hialeah thefts
Stars and Stripes August 20, 2006
SEOUL — A South Korean man is being investigated on charges of taking $93,000 worth of generators from the now-closed Camp Hialeah near Busan, according to Busan police.
The 47-year-old man, identified only by his last name, Chang, faces possible charges of stealing two sets of 500-kilowatt generators from Hialeah, then selling them for about $28,000, a third of their value, according to police.
All told, about 10 people are being investigated in the case, including six or seven who, like Chang, are military base workers, according to Lee Byeong-mu of the foreign affairs division at the Busan Police Station.
The man who bought the generators, a 63-year-old named Bae, also could be charged, Lee said.
The investigation began with a tip in April and South Korean police investigators have been working with military investigators on the case, Lee said.
As of Friday, the police had forwarded Chang’s case to the local prosecutor, the authority who decides whether to file formal criminal charges, Lee said.
The generators were found Thursday and turned over to U.S. authorities, Lee said.
U.S. officials were unable to be reached for comment late Friday.