In a sixth temple burglary in two months, the Shree Shantadurga Quittolkarin Temple at Quittol village in Quepem taluka was broken into on Saturday night, and silver, gold ornaments and cash all together worth around Rs 25 lakhs was stolen.
Miscreants entered the temple situated around 1.5 kms away from the Fatorpa-Cananguinim road and three kilometers from the twin temples of Shantadurga Fatarpekarin and Shantadurga Kuncolikarin by cutting a side window grill.
According to Yogesh Desai, President of the temple committee, the thieves stole a gold necklace besides silver and gold masks for the idols and a silver idol of Bhumipurush weighing nearly 250 grms. All the gold ornaments on Goddes Shantadurga were also stolen.
Besides, the thieves also laid their hands on the Rs 25,000 that was kept in a cupboard in the temple. However, they did not succeed in breaking open the donation box.
This is the sixth temple theft in the last two months. The temples burgled in the last two months are: Balaji Temple at Mardol on 2nd November, Laxminarayan Temple at Durbhat on 12th November, Chandreshwar Bhutnath Temple at Paroda on 23rd November, Sai Temple at Durbhat on 27th November, Sateri Devi Temple at Curchorem on 23rd December and Shantadurga Temple at Quittol on 26th December.