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Phuket Town temple thieves arrested

PHUKET: Three Myanmar men now arrested for breaking into a temple on Rang Hill in Phuket Town last Friday night (April 27) and stealing about B500 from the temple donation box have told police they needed the money to buy food.

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By Eakkapop Thongtub

Wednesday 2 May 2018, 12:08PM


All three men apologised for the theft and said they needed the money to buy food. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

All three men apologised for the theft and said they needed the money to buy food. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

Phuket City Police arrested the three men – named as Ya Lin Naing, 18; Kyaw Kyam Phyo, 22, and Aung Myat Zaw, 19 – at a workers’ camp near Wat Khao Rang Samakkhitham on Rang Hill at 7:30pm last night (May 1).

At the camp the officers also seized the getaway motorbike used in the theft, which officers tracked after security CCTV footage at the temple recorded the thieves fleeing the scene. (See story here.)

All three men confessed to the theft, but said that they did so only to buy food as all three had no money.

All three also apologised for their act and to all Buddhists they may have offended.

From inspecting the temple last Saturday, police found evidence that some attempt was made to reach the Buddha image that resides in the temple’s main shrine.

The gold in the parasol positioned above the Buddha image is alone estimated to be worth nearly B800,000, not including the precious stones the Buddha image receptacle features.

However, for reasons not yet explained, the thieves abandoned their attempts and fled the temple without disturbing the Buddha image.

Police confirmed that all three men had been charged with theft, and that they were continuing to question the suspects for more information.

 

 

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DeKaaskopp | 02 May 2018 - 15:26:45

"What to do if you need food and have no money to buy it"Oh,someone sympathizes with them and thinks stealing is the right way if you are hungry.If they had stolen from your property you would probably still say the same.And the same person is obviously the only one who believes them.For me they needed money for drugs.

Kurt | 02 May 2018 - 12:37:15

Perhaps the police can investigate also why the 3 Myanmar guys had no money to buy food.
What to do if you need food and have no money to buy it?
More information about that would perhaps help to improve the daily life of foreign workers here?
Where they paid the minimum salary of 300 thb per day by thai employer?
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