Yongsan Military Police thwart thefts in housing areas
May 15, 2012
YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea -- U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan Military Police have apprehended those suspected in several thefts troubling the Community.
Credible evidence including fingerprints left at the scenes and resident interviews led investigators to question four individuals about the thefts that began last fall. About a dozen homes were hit in the Blackhawk and Eagle Grove housing areas. Among the items taken were iPods, iPhones, money and jewelry.
"Things that were laying out that they could easily grab and take out the door," Ricky Oxendine, Director of Emergency Services, said. "Most of the incidents occurred during lunch or in the afternoon, early evening hours between 3-8 p.m."
When residents first reported the thefts, Military Police immediately stepped up walking patrols of the housing areas. Investigators in plain clothes also conducted undercover surveillance. With the assistance of Criminal Investigation Command (CID) Special Agents, Yongsan Military Police were able to identify the individuals suspected of being responsible.
The Community's cooperation was the key to cracking the case.
"Some people started giving out names 'Hey this person has been acting suspicious or has made certain comments,'" Oxendine said. "Interviews with residents within the housing Community provided the leads."
After due process, Garrison Commander Col. William Huber has the option to take administrative actions such as bar from post or early return to the United States.
"Yongsan Garrison is a very safe and secure environment," Oxendine said. "However, the opportunity for those who want to do mischief still exists. Even though you are on a Military installation, it all boils down to good crime prevention measures."
Here are some simple steps you can take to prevent from becoming a victim:
• Lock your doors
• Lock your windows
• Secure your belongings
• Notify Military Police right away, if you suspect something is missing
• Report suspicious activity or personnel immediately to Military Police
• Before you go on leave or TDY, register with the Military Police to conduct security checks of your home by calling 724-3004/6695