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Monk helps disrupt robbery at Durham Buddhist temple

A Monk in Durham disrupted a break-in at a Buddhist temple. The break-in recently happened at the NC Buddhist Vihara on Patterson Road in Durham.

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DURHAM, N.C. — A Monk in Durham disrupted a break-in at a Buddhist temple.

The break-in recently happened at the NC Buddhist Vihara on Patterson Road in Durham.

Detectives believe the three broke into the temple, and when the Monk arrived they pretended they were there to pray. Surveillance video showed the suspects got out of a white van.

"I think there are many uncivilized people, everywhere, not just in the United States but everywhere," said Yatiyana Wajirapala with the temple. "We have sympathy toward them as religious leaders."

The suspected thieves got away with a small amount of cash. The Durham County Sheriff's Office is asking for help in identifying the suspects.

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