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Monk offers 10,000 baht reward for information that leads to turtle thief’s capture

Jack Arthur



A monk in Chon Buri, an eastern Thai province, is offering a 10,000 baht reward to anyone who helps return his stolen turtles. The monk says the turtles are ancient. The specific species of turtles has not been given.

The turtles were allegedly stolen from the Samet Temple in Chon Buri and the abbot says the turtle stealers took between 70 and 80 reptiles from temple grounds either sometime this week, or possibly last night, they’re not exactly sure on the timeline.

About 7 to 8 of the stolen turtles are thought to be nearly 100 years old. The abbot, Phrakru Sangkarak, adds that the turtles resided at the temple for many years. He also says he has not filed an official police report with the Samet police but plans to do so after he has reached out to local media.

According to Thai media, 4 years ago, Phrakru won 30 million baht in the Thai national lottery. The money was partially used for other temples in the Chon Buri area, and presumably lots of turtle food.

On the turtles’ disappearance he has this to say:

I am very saddened by this situation and want my turtles that I have raised for most of my life and were valuable members of the temple community returned. Anyone who can return my turtles or give information leading to what happened to them will receive a reward of 10,000 baht. 

To contact the temple, and abbot regarding the theft, they can be reached at 089 545 1987.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News



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    Friday, June 11, 2021 at 4:23 pm

    Interesting that a monk has money to offer for a reward.

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    Friday, June 11, 2021 at 4:23 pm

    Dear Thaiger, how about the monk gives the 10,00 baht to the woman who has to sell her kidney to make ends meet for her family?

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    Friday, June 11, 2021 at 4:38 pm

    This is a classic example of behaviour for which there isn’t a word in English. It’s like the cop who took his boss to court for not honouring the bribe he paid him for promotion 😂😂. It’s like some form of moral double jeopardy

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    Malc Thai

    Friday, June 11, 2021 at 6:27 pm

    Safe return.. I don’t think so, already boiled up and eaten

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    Friday, June 11, 2021 at 7:07 pm

    They’d have been made into soup by now, I reckon.

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    Toby Andrews

    Friday, June 11, 2021 at 8:10 pm

    @Craig – I think the monk did have a big winning lottery ticket awhile back.

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    James Pate

    Saturday, June 12, 2021 at 5:37 am

    I hope they get home safely and that the thief doesn’t just get scared and kill them. Lady Gaga got her dogs back. Hopefully, we will have a similar result here. Caring for animals is worthwhile, therapeutic and sets a good example for teaching human kindness.

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    Patrick Neo

    Saturday, June 12, 2021 at 7:58 am

    Correction, Chonburi is a province on the Eastern Seaboard not a Western province.

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    Toby Andrews

    Saturday, June 12, 2021 at 12:06 pm

    Is the monk sure that they have not just escaped.
    Check nearby jungle – they cannot have gone far.
    Even with two days head start.

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    Mark F

    Saturday, June 12, 2021 at 12:23 pm

    Well the photo on the story is of the highly invasive red eared slider from Mississippi. They are ubiquitous throughout ponds in asia.

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