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Police hunting for Phuket Town temple robbers

PHUKET: Police are on the lookout for three men who broke into and robbed the donation box at Wat Khao Rang Samakkhitham, on Rang Hill in Phuket Town, making off with only an estimated B500.

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Saturday 28 April 2018, 06:16PM


Police investigate the temple robbery this morning (April 28). Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub
Police investigate the temple robbery this morning (April 28). Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

However, the robbers did consider also robbing the gold and precious stones from the receptacle where the temple's prized main Buddha image resides.

Monks at the temple noticed the donation box had been smashed open and called police this morning (April 28).

A review of the CCTV footage at the temple showed the three men, all aged 25-30 years old and reportedly dressed like construction workers, entering the temple at 5:20pm yesterday.

Further inspection showed that the robbers attempted to climb the main shrine in the temple, where pure gold is a main feature of Buddha image and the religious artifacts  in the Buddha image receptacle.

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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.

For reasons not yet explained, the robbers eventually decided against stealing the image, police reported.

Meanwhile, the hunt for the suspects continues.

 

 

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Jor12 | 29 April 2018 - 16:33:33

Just at a guess, I would say they are investigating. Common sense really, otherwise it constitutes a criminal offense.

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Nasa12 | 29 April 2018 - 12:22:48

It´s more important fore Phuket Polise to hunt down the suspects of stelling 500 Bath in the Wat. Instead of investigating and presse charges against this old man some very close to kill 8 people in Chonfa Road West last week this old man cross double yellow line why ?

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Kurt | 28 April 2018 - 20:41:57

Lord Bhudda, born as Prince, gave up all his rich backround, living ascetic.
I am always flabbercasted by the man made richness of temples in Thailand were so many people live in poorness
If 3 thai man together steel just 500 thb only, they must have been despaired
Be happy to let them have the 500 thb for a day needs
Lord Buddha would have felt ok as they not took the other B800,000 ++ values

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