Man steals donation box from Chonburi temple, carries it down five hundred step hill to discover it is empty


A man was caught on CCTV yesterday stealing a donation box from a remote Chonburi temple, requiring him to walk up and down five hundred steps on a steep hill only to discover the box was empty.

The thief was caught on CCTV footage at the Phra Buddhabat Temple on the Nong Nom Hill.

The head monk of the temple, Winai Jittatammo told The Pattaya News “The empty and broken open donation box had been dumped at the bottom of the hill. This is a very steep hill with five hundred steps and a small temple with a heavy donation box. The man was likely upset to find the box was basically empty.”

“The thief who stole the donation box is a local resident who has mental disabilities. There was basically nothing in the donation box. We decided not to press charges, as the box was essentially empty and hope that the man will instead learn from his mistakes.”

“Normally there is no one on the hill temple but there is a CCTV camera. Monks live at another temple down the hill.” Winai concluded.

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Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.