Thieves Break Into Temple, Steal Donation Box
SACRAMENTO, CA (IANS) – Two suspects broke into the Hindu temple here and stole its donation box, police said.
Officers from the Sacramento Police Department reached Hari Om Radha Krishna Mandir in La Mancha Way at about 2:15 a.m. after receiving reports of a burglary early on October 31.
Surveillance videos captured two thieves racing to the altar and going right through to the donation box.
The footage showed them taking the box, which weighed close to 100 pounds, behind the temple building and shoving it in a getaway car before fleeing.
Temple keeper Guru Maharaj told CBS News that the box contained thousands of dollars.
“Looks like whoever has done it, it was premeditated,” Maharaj told the channel.
“The first thing I saw was the curtains blowing and I said, ‘Oh, my God. Somebody is in the building’,” Maharaj’s wife said, adding that they tried to break in via the front, back, and side doors.
“It’s a very big hit to our community and we’re here to help people out,” Maharaj said. “We have this land here. We are about to build 40 rooms of a homeless center so we can help people out, and if these things happen – if they continue to happen – how can we help other people?”
No arrests have been made so far and investigators are asking people who may recognize the suspects or have information related to the theft to call the Sacramento Police Department.
The Coalition of Hindus of North America (CoHNA) asked the Sacramento Police “to take this issue very seriously and investigate it as a potential hate crime and the violation of a sacred space.”