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Monk’s room ransacked, 10 million baht worth of gems taken

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A Central Thailand monk’s room was ransacked yesterday. Abbot of Wat Prathum Bucha in Prachin Buri came back to his room after performing religious duties and found his door forced open, bed searched and safes opened. Thousands of baht in cash and millions of baht worth of gems were taken.

The thieves took off with more than 10 million baht worth of gems that were donated to the monk. Burglars found 300,000 baht in cash that the monk kept above his bed. Luckily, the burglars didn’t take 700,000 baht kept inside his safe.

The monk told police he suspects technicians, who were repairing surveillance cameras on temple grounds, might have something to do with the robbery. He asked the technicians if they had seen anything, but all of them said “no.”

The monk says that many of the surveillance cameras in key areas did not work at the time of the incident, even though they were repaired the day before. Police are still investigating. They say they found footprints behind the temple they believe are from the burglars.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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    Toby Andrews

    August 19, 2020 at 2:42 pm

    Well easy come easy go huh Abbot?
    I see you have B 700.000 left.
    How about following one of the precepts of Bhuddhism, generosity.
    Give this B 700.000 to the poor, of which I am sure there are many in your area due to Virus shutdowns. You cannot hide it now . . .

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    Rinky Stingpiece

    August 20, 2020 at 3:27 am

    I thought they weren’t supposed to have possessions?!

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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