I am actually more concerned about tracking down the soldiers that would have to be stealing and then selling sensitive military items like NVG’s down in the ville than the shop owners who are selling them:
Six South Koreans have been booked on suspicion of illegally selling U.S. military equipment, including body armor, helmets and night-vision goggles, police said.
A Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency official said the suspects — who were only identified as middle-aged men — sold the equipment, which they bought from U.S. soldiers, at their shops in Seoul, Dongducheon and Bupyeong.
Police estimated $18,000 worth of equipment was put up for sale, including bayonets and sniper sights. Some of the gear found its way onto Internet sales sites, police said. [Stars & Stripes]
For those not in the military, the loss of a sensitive item is a very big deal within a unit with regular inventories of this gear conducted by unit armorers and leadership. I have seen more than one person be relieved of their position due to the loss of a sensitive item. So I am confident the USFK leadership has opened a thorough investigation into this if US personnel in fact are stealing and selling sensitive military items in the ville.