A case has been registered in connection with three thefts in the temple.
Gold ornaments and cash worth more than Rs 4 lakh were looted from three temples in Odisha’s coastal district of Balasore late on Tuesday night. Police said that unidentified miscreants broke into Jagannath, Lakshmi and Shiva temples in Balliapati village and carried out the theft. Prashant Jena, officer-in-charge of Singla police station said that on Wednesday morning some devotees noticed that the locks of the temples were broken. Gold ornaments of deities were missing and cash kept in donation boxes was also missing.
After this he informed the police about the matter. Jena said that a case has been registered in the case of three thefts. Temple burglary is not a new thing in Odisha, in the last few years many cases have been reported across the state. In June this year, the donation box of a temple located at the western gate of the Jagannath temple in Puri was looted. In March, miscreants broke into a 14th century temple in Puri city and fled with Rs 4,000. In January, robbers broke into the 13th-century Gopinathdev temple in Kakudia and stole metal idols.
First saluted God, then the thief took the donation box
Earlier this month, a thief allegedly prayed to God at a temple in Maharashtra’s Thane city and then stole a cash box and fled. The police gave this information after examining the CCTV footage of the premises. The accused broke into the temple of Lord Hanuman in Khopat area here on the night of November 9 and allegedly stole the cash box, an official said, quoting the complaint of the man who guarded the temple. There were about one thousand rupees in the box.
The CCTV footage showed the thief praying in front of the deity’s idol and then stole the cash box kept there and fled, the official said. A clip of the footage has also gone viral on social media. The Naupada police arrested the accused and recovered the stolen cash from him, the official said.
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