Two people arrested for stealing necklaces off children’s necks on Mahamuni Pagoda

What’s worse than stealing something from a kid? How about stealing something from a kid while at a pagoda? As despicable an act as it may seem, this week, Mandalay police arrested not just one, but two people who stole necklaces off of two children’s necks at the city’s Mahamuni Pagoda.

The first theft took place around 11am on Saturday. The victim was a three-year-old girl who was visiting the pagoda with her family.

Upon realizing that someone had taken the gold chain — which she had been wearing around her neck the whole time — the family alerted pagoda security. Thankfully, security officers were able to apprehend the thief, along with the missing necklace and a pair of tweezers that he had used to cut the necklace. The culprit was identified as 65-year-old Yangon resident Khin Maung Oo.

Then two days later, on Monday, pagoda security was informed once again that another individual had cut a gold necklace off of a 5-year-old girl’s neck and ran away with the jewelry. The necklace was worth approximately MMK400,000. Police managed to chase down the thief, 37-year-old Thidar Win, who too had used tweezers to cut the chain.

Both culprits are currently in custody, and are being charged for theft under Section 379 of the Penal Code.