Thief breaks into temple, prays to deity before fleeing with donation box



IN a bizarre case of theft, a person stole a temple’s donation box but after offering prayers to the holy place’s deity. The act -- an unusual combination of devotion and sin -- was caught on a CCTV camera mounted there.

As per reports, the alleged thief broke into a temple of Lord Hanuman, located in Khopat area of Maharashtra’s Thane district near Mumbai on the night of November 9. The CCTV footage showed the man moving around stealthily while using his mobile phone. It appeared that he was ensuring that no one was watching him.

The man then advances towards the temple’s deity, Lord Hanuman. Surprisingly, he bows down and touches the feet of the Hanuman idol as a mark of respect and devotion. Moments later, he lifts up the donation box kept in front of the deity and walks away hurriedly, the CCTV footage showed.

The donation box had around Rs 1,000 inside it. After it went missing, the religious place’s caretakers approached the police, following which the CCTV footage was examined. With the help of the footage, the accused was identified and arrested by the Naupada Police on Saturday. An officer confirmed that the stolen money was retrieved from the arrestee, The Times of India reported.

This comes months after a burglar was arrested in Chennai after he fell asleep on the terrace of the house he broke into.

Police stated that a Maduravoyal resident went to his terrace for a morning workout and found a man sleeping there with a bag. He opened the sleeping man's bag and found his house's valuables inside it. He then silently went downstairs and called up the police. Subsequently, the police arrived there and arrested the accused.