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On the 26th of July thieves entered a temple compound in Songkhla and stole 150,000 baht from a donation box in the monk’s residence. The incident that was caught on CCTV, was reported to the police the same day by Phra Pattara. However the monk who made the complaint was later contacted by relatives of the men who said that they felt sorry for their crime and now plan to return the money in three days time.
Phra Pattara told reporters that the men said they felt unhappy about their crime and had troubled hearts over the matter. He went on to say that if the men do indeed return the stolen cash he will not press charges against them.
Phra Pattara likened the incident to Angulimala, a murderous bandit in Buddhist lore who gave up his criminal ways after finding Buddha and learning about his teachings. Angulimala repented his sins as these two men must do he said, and lean the differences between good and evil to return to the path of good people and uphold the teachings of Dharma in order to avoid committing anymore crimes.
The stolen money had been donated to the temple by local residents it was to be used to construct a new Dharma teaching centre in the province.