Ja­panese man caught steal­ing am­mu­ni­tion at shoot­ing range

The Korea Times - - NATIONAL - By Kang Se­ung-woo ksw@ko­re­atimes.co.kr

A Ja­panese man was caught steal­ing two bul­lets at a live shoot­ing range in Myeong-dong, cen­tral Seoul, ac­cord­ing to po­lice, Thurs­day.

The am­mu­ni­tion was re­trieved, they added.

Ac­cord­ing to the Nam­dae­mun Po­lice Sta­tion, the 24-year-old Ja­panese man, ac­com­pa­nied by a Chi­nese man, took the am­mu­ni­tion from the range at 1:30 p.m., Wed­nes­day, while a staff mem­ber was reload­ing a hand­gun.

In re­sponse, after se­cur­ing sur­veil­lance footage of the sus­pect, po­lice searched the Myeong-dong area and caught him en­ter­ing a build­ing near Myeong-dong Sta­tion at 10:15 p.m. His Chi­nese com­pan­ion was also de­tained.

The man told po­lice he stole the bul­lets im­pul­sively to use them for “dec­o­ra­tion.”

The two had no pre­vi­ous crim­i­nal records.

Po­lice later re­leased the Ja­panese man as the bul­lets were re­cov­ered and there was no per­ceived dan­ger. They plan to ques­tion him fur­ther with­out phys­i­cal de­ten­tion. The Chi­nese man was cleared of any sus­pi­cions and re­leased.

The shoot­ing range is an in­door live fir­ing range that has emerged as a hot des­ti­na­tion among for­eign tourists.

How­ever, there have been safety is­sues at some ranges — the lat­est of which oc­curred two months ago.

In Septem­ber, a 36-year-old man, who worked in the film in­dus­try, com­mit­ted sui­cide at the same shoot­ing range with a re­volver.

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