Man Charged Over Buddhist Temple Thefts

June 9, 2023 10:24 am in by
Photo of Buddha statue by David Bartus, Pexels

A man has been arrested after an investigation into a series of break-ins and thefts from local Buddhist temples.

The break-ins and thefts of donations occurred in the Adelaide Hills towns of Crafers, Mylor, Mount Pleasant, as well as some Adelaide metro locations.

CCTV has been captured of a man walking into a Crafers West buddhist temple on Friday and ransacking the pray room, pocketing more than $3,000 donated by worshippers.

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About 7.30pm on Wednesday 7 June, Northern District Police found a suspect’s unoccupied vehicle in a car park at Salisbury Heights, searched the surrounding area and located and arrested a 44-year-old man from Elizabeth North.

He was charged with numerous offences, including aggravated serious criminal trespass, three counts of serious criminal trespass, two counts of illegal interference and 12 counts of theft and was called into the Elizabeth Magistrates Court on Thursday 8 June.