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Man caught begging in stolen monk robes

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
In Siri, 24, allegedly stole robes and a bag to impersonate a monk. Supplied

A man aged 24 was charged yesterday with stealing Buddhist robes and wearing them to attract donations from people in the streets.
In Siri, unemployed, allegedly stole the robes and a monk’s bag from Sitha Voan pagoda in Russey Keo’s Tuol Sangke commune, Phnom Penh. He was charged by Phnom Penh Municipal Court with unauthorised wearing of Buddhist robes and disguising himself as a monk.
He could be jailed for up to three years.
Kann Vannak, chief of Srah Chork commune police, said the suspect took the robes and the bag on Sunday.
He then travelled to the Wat Phnom area and entered a hospital bathroom to change into the robes.
Mr Vannak said: “He was seen by the hospital security guards who reported it to police.
“He was arrested while wearing the Buddhist robes and walking about to raise money from people near Wat Phnom.”

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