Temple thieves hit do­na­tion boxes

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA -

Three women and a man have been de­tained in Xing­guo county on sus­pi­cion of steal­ing more than 20,000 yuan ($2,880) from temple do­na­tion boxes. The man, sur­named Chen, is ac­cused of us­ing chew­ing gum at­tached to a stick to steal the do­na­tions while the women al­legedly acted as look­outs and dis­tracted the monks and temple visi­tors. The four sus­pects, who are na­tives of Nan­chang, the pro­vin­cial cap­i­tal, have al­legedly tar­geted tem­ples in Jiangxi and Hubei prov­inces on 15 sep­a­rate oc­ca­sions since Septem­ber.

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