Stripes employee investigated in theft
July 30, 2004
HARDY BARRACKS, Japan — Japanese and U.S. officials are investigating a Stars and Stripes employee on suspicion of theft, officials said Tuesday.
The Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office confirmed Tuesday that they received the case of Gary Feller, 54, civilian manager of the commercial print shop at Stars and Stripes in Tokyo.
Japanese police detained Feller on July 21, according to Stripes General Manager John Panasiewicz.
No formal charges have been filed and Feller remains in Japanese custody, officials said.
Feller came to Stripes from the States in February and lives at Hardy Barracks, next door to the Stars and Stripes office at the Akasaka Press Center. On Tuesday military police investigators from Camp Zama searched Feller’s room and questioned residents.
Panasiewicz said it does not appear that other Stars and Stripes employees were involved and government property was not stolen. He added that Stripes is fully cooperating with Japanese police.
Officials at U.S. Forces Japan said they are aware of the case and are looking into it.
Under the Status of Forces Agreement, Japanese authorities can detain U.S. personnel accused of crimes off base in Japan until the case is resolved. Authorities can wait up to 23 days before formally charging a suspect.
— Hana Kusumoto contributed to this report.