A group of monks at the Watt Samakki-Dhammikaram Buddhist Temple in Brooklyn fell victim to a robbery on Sunday afternoon. According to the police, three male suspects forcefully entered the temple through the back door in Flatbush at approximately 2:30 p.m. The perpetrators then confronted four monks who were present inside the temple premises.
During the confrontation, one of the suspects brandished a firearm while the others proceeded to steal personal belongings and cash from the monks. The exact amount of money stolen and the specific items taken remain undisclosed at this time. Following the robbery, the suspects fled the scene on foot, heading north on Rugby Road, as reported by the NYPD.
Fortunately, no injuries were reported during the incident. As of now, no arrests have been made, and the investigation is ongoing. Law enforcement officials, including investigators, remained at the scene throughout Sunday evening.
The Watt Samakki-Dhammikaram Buddhist Temple primarily serves the Cambodian community residing in New York and New Jersey, as stated on its website. The temple was acquired in 1987.