Police are questioning a suspect in the theft of the actress Choi Jin-sil’s ashes, they said Monday. “The suspect was caught while demanding money for the ashes. We are investigating whether the arrested man is the actual thief,” Yangpyeong police said.
Police earlier released CCTV images of a suspect taken on Aug. 2 at around sunrise, giving a clearer picture of the face than those previously released. W3 million (US$1=W1,242) for information about the suspect’s identity and whereabouts is being offered by the police and another W30 million by cemetery management.
The thief apparently cased Choi’s tomb thoroughly before stealing the urn. Police said CCTV footage shows the suspect wandering around the tomb for nearly 10 hours from 8 p.m. on Aug. 1 until 6 a.m. the next day.” (Chosun Ilbo)