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Ruckus at pagoda after theft in temple sanctum

A couple of pious pilferers were chased out of a pagoda in Siem Reap town on Tuesday after allegedly trying to rob a monk.

The two men had purportedly gone to the temple to pray, police said, but as monks were blessing attendees, they saw an opportunity to steal $500 and a camera from one of the distracted monks.

The duo wasn’t as sly as they thought, however, and witnesses raised the alarm and gave chase. The men fled the pagoda, but were ultimately caught by police and sent to court. DEUM AMPIL

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