Priceless ivory horns stolen from northern hill-tribe village found in Myanmar
Two unidentified men had reportedly stolen a hundred-year-old pair of holy ivory horns located at a local hermitage of Ban Loy Tong Ku hill-tribe village in Umphang District, Tak yesterday, August 11, in the evening.
Local residents then reported the incident to the Border Patrol Police after they reportedly saw the thieves were riding a motorcycle and heading towards the Thai-Myanmar border.
Border Patrol Police Officer Patrol Platoon 3471 investigated the scene and asked officials across the border including the Myanmar authorities and the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA) for cooperation.
The suspects were arrested at Ban Jai Dung village in Myawaddy, Myanmar this morning, August 12, following the investigation of the officers of DKBA. The DKBA stated the stolen ivories were found at the suspects place of residence and were in the procedure of transferring them back to Thailand. The names of the suspect were not made public to Associated Press.
According to local villager beliefs, the ivory horns are worshipped as precious amulets that protects the village from bad things and evil spirits living in the deep forests.
It was the second time the ivory horns were stolen. The first time was in 2017 and they were also found in a remote hill-tribe village of Myanmar.