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Thief takes $50,000 from Nuuanu Buddhist temple

  • 2013 April 7 REL - Monks - The Hsu Yun Temple of the Chinese Buddhist Association of Hawaii in Nuuanu. HSA photo by Bruce Asato

    2013 April 7 REL - Monks - The Hsu Yun Temple of the Chinese Buddhist Association of Hawaii in Nuuanu. HSA photo by Bruce Asato

The recent theft of $50,000 from the Chinese Buddhist Association of Hawaii in Nuuanu appears to be the work of a serial thief who has stolen several times from another temple in Honolulu, temple members say.

“Somehow, he has to be stopped,” said Jeanne Lum, association president.

A man pretending to help workers in preparation for the temple’s 60th anniversary went through belongings of seven visiting monks from China and stole a total of $50,000 Tuesday, she said. The man’s identity is unknown.

Honolulu police are investigating.

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