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Korean burglar on the loose after breaking into DPP headquarters: report

Taiwan is on a manhunt for a Korean burglar who allegedly broke into the central headquarters of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

The suspect, who is on Interpol's wanted persons list, arrived in Taiwan on Tuesday and broke into the DPP headquarters the next day, making away with around NT$100,000 in cash, along with computers and documents, local media reported.

The suspect seemed to know the layout of the building well and took measures to avoid surveillance cameras, according to Apple Daily.

The suspect took a flight to Japan on Thursday but was denied entry and sent back to Taiwan after Japanese border control officers flagged him.

Upon his return, the suspect caught immigration officers at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport off guard and escaped.

The National Immigration Agency (NIA) said on Friday that officers at the time did not know why the man was denied entry by Japan and so made no efforts to detain him.

The NIA's Border Affairs Corps and the Criminal Investigation Bureau have formed a task force to track the suspect down.

Local media have speculated on whether the burglary was politically motivated and whether sensitive information had been stolen.

The DPP issued a statement late Friday, saying that the party lost more than NT$90,000 in the heist but denying that data and equipment had been stolen or damaged.

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