Pagoda neck­lace van­ishes

The Myanmar Times - - News - – Toe Wai Aung, trans­la­tion by Emoon

An emer­ald neck­lace dis­ap­peared from in­side Pyi Taw Pyan Pagoda in San­chaung town­ship ear­lier this month.

On July 2, U Win Zaw, an ad­min­is­tra­tor in Myauk Ward, told po­lice that the neck­lace, which has 146 gems and is worth K5 mil­lion, had gone miss­ing from in­side a Bud­dha statue dis­play. The statue is guarded by a locked door and iron grilles, the keys to which are held by the chair of the statute’s trustee group. The doors are opened twice a year: on Oc­to­ber 26 for the Thad­ingyut Fes­ti­val and March 27 for wor­ship. The neck­lace was last seen on April 4, when trustee sec­re­taries U Ohn Maung and U Khin Wai took it out to clean the statue.

There were no signs of forced en­try. The locks on the door and grilles were not bro­ken. Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

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