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Buddhist monks used coat hanger in protection after armed gang stormed NYC temple, urge bungling thieves to ‘hand over’ crime

Buddhist monks used coat hanger in protection after armed gang stormed NYC temple, urge bungling thieves to ‘hand over’ crime



Buddhist monks defended themselves with a coat hanger – and their very own “keep calm” philosophy – when armed goons stormed their Brooklyn temple in a pathetic heist that netted them a measly few hundred bucks.

Despite the ordeal that 4 monks at Watt-Samakki-Dhammikaram temple in Flatbush confronted by the hands of 5 low-rent thieves on Sunday, they solely want the callous crew will some day change their legal methods.

“I need to ship a message that we do love and kindness for all of the individuals who do good and who do unhealthy,” Suthea Kong informed The Post Monday, a day after the low-yield heist.

“We need them to surrender all of the unhealthy issues in every day life,” Kong added. “You should work. You have to seek out cash appropriately in every day life.”

The thieves have been decked out in ski masks and darkish clothes after they burst open the backdoor of the temple round 2:30 p.m. Sunday, then raced inside with a handgun and lengthy knife, monks informed The Post.

The goons rummaged via the communal residing house upstairs — which wakened 4 monks who have been having afternoon naps, Kong mentioned.

Monk Channoeun Poun, 43, was the primary out, and demanded the gang depart.

“He mentioned, ‘Go out!’ however they got here as much as him and one in all them had a knife,” mentioned Kong, the one member of the Cambodian-based group who speaks English.

Suthea Kong wasn’t on the temple through the theft however translated for his Cambodian-based fellows on the temple Gregory P. Mango
The crooks tore aside the monks’ bedrooms on the lookout for small change and any objects they may steal through the theft Gregory P. Mango

“They pointed it behind his again and informed him to return to his mattress and lie down and fall asleep. Don’t transfer.”

The thugs then shook down Poun, snatching $60 in money and a pair of cellphones from the folds of his robes, earlier than pocketing lower than $200 they discovered rifling via the bed room of 40-year-old monk Kalyan Yoeun.

But after they tried to put fingers on an aged monk, the person grabbed a coat hanger and parried their advances.

“He tried to guard himself. He mentioned, ‘If you come, I’ll hit you,’” Kong mentioned.

“And the man went away.”

On their approach out the bandits cracked open a donations field and snagged beneath $100 in crumpled money — small change the modest monks use to maintain the lights on and the cellphone connected of their temple, based on Kong.

In all, the crooks made off with not more than $360 for his or her unholy efforts.

Kaylan Yoeun was robbed of not more than $200 in money, whereas Channoeun Poun misplaced about $60 and two telephones. Gregory P. Mango
The thieves cracked open a donations field and took no matter they may get their fingers on earlier than fleeing on foot. Gregory P. Mango

Despite the callous crime, Kong mentioned he and the others will not be dwelling on the crooks’ misdeeds..

“It was disappointing that they acted like that,” Kong mentioned. “But after they ask us ‘Are you hating them?’ I clarify {that a} Buddhist man tries to remain calm in all conditions, good or unhealthy. That is the rule of the Buddhist man.”

In the meantime, no arrests have been made within the heist, based on police.

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