South Korean suspect in DPP HQ burglary arrested

Taipei--A South Korean man who allegedly stole cash from the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) headquarters last week was arrested in Wulai, New Taipei, the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) said on Sunday.

The South Korean man, identified as Cho Jun-ki, had been identified as a person of interest in the burglary of the DPP headquarters, according to the CIB.

Acting on a tipoff, police tried to arrest Cho at a hotel in Wulai earlier on Sunday, but he evaded capture and fled into the nearby mountains.

Police detained Cho's girlfriend at the hotel for questioning.

However, he was finally captured at about noon.

The ruling party had NT$90,000 (US$2,984) stolen from its Taipei headquarters last Wednesday, but no files or equipment were touched, the party said in a statement last Friday.

Surveillance footage showed a man entering the 8th floor offices, which had been left inadvertently unlocked, for approximately 10 minutes and leaving without taking any files, computers or other equipment, the DPP said.

Cho was found to have entered Taiwan after having been denied entry to Japan on Aug. 2 for reasons that remain unknown, the CIB said.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel