A monk in Mueang Chonburi has offered a 10,000 baht reward for anyone who can return his stolen turtles, many of which are ancient.
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The abbot of the Samet Temple, Phrakru Sangkarak told Pattaya News reporters, “Suspects in a car have stolen about 70-80 of my turtles from the temple grounds earlier this week overnight. Of those, about 7-8 of them are estimated to be almost 100-years-old and have been living at the temple for many, many years. I have not filed a report to the Samet police yet but that will be taking place shortly after first contacting local media.”
“I am very saddened by this situation and want my turtles that I have raised for most of my life and were valuable members of the temple community returned. Anyone who can return my turtles or give information leading to what happened to them will receive a reward of 10,000 baht. ” Phrakru Sangkarak stated.
It was also reported that four years ago Phrakru Sangkarak had won five sets of the first prize in the Thai national lottery, receiving a prize of 30 million baht. He used the money to help other needy temples and renovate temples in the Chonburi area, gaining support from the local community for his charitable acts and helping others. This time, however, he was asking for help.
The temple and Phrakru Sangkarak can be reached at 089 545 1987 if anyone has any information about the theft of the turtles.
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