Imposter monk scams temples, steals over 20 robes value 20,000 baht

A man disguised as a monk stole over 20 Buddhist monks’ robes price 20,000 baht from Chong Lom temple in Samut Sakhon province yesterday. The imposter claimed to be the abbot of the temple and loaded the stolen objects into a white Isuzu D-Max pick-up truck with Bangkok registration, as captured on CCTV.
Yesterday, a person dressed as a monk entered the Chong Lom temple, claiming to be the abbot of the temple. He then proceeded to steal over 20 sets of Buddhist monks’ robes, value roughly 20,000 baht. The theft occurred at around 1.41pm, and was recorded on CCTV, with footage displaying the thief driving a white Isuzu D-Max pick-up truck with registration number three ชฎ 2050 Bangkok.
The unidentified man, dressed in orange robes and a yellow sash, approached Monk Bhisittasun, a monk at Wat Chong Lom, who was arranging the robes for an upcoming ordination ceremony on July 9. The imposter made small discuss with Monk Bhisit before taking his disciple to load the stolen robes into his truck, making a complete of three rounds. The man left the temple grounds by 1.54pm.
Monk Bhisit revealed that the imposter claimed to be from Talom temple in Bangkok, and that he needed the robes for a religious event on June 11 involving one hundred invited monks from throughout the country. He additionally claimed to be a disciple of the Chong Lom temple abbot. When Monk Bhisit referred to as the abbot to confirm the man’s identity, the abbot was conducting a sermon and didn’t reply the cellphone. Because Bhisit then refused to give the robes, but the imposter left and returned claiming he had knowledgeable the abbot..

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