Burglars broke open the hundi (offering pot) at the Marudhamalai Temple and decamped with devotees’ offerings.
The Vadavalli police, which is investigating the case, said the quantum of valuables or money stolen was yet to be ascertained.
The incident came to light on Sunday morning when a priest went to the temple for the morning prayers. When he went to the Adimoolasthanam, he found the front door broken open and the hundi missing. He immediately alerted the officials, who informed the police. The police also pressed into service fingerprint experts.
When the police went around the temple complex to check for any other offence, they found the broken hundi and the locks. The burglars had left behind Rs.21 in the hundi.
The manner in which the burglars operated suggest that they could be professionals. The police also said that the temple administration could not have lost much because it had only recently opened the hundi to value the offerings.
The police have registered a case in this connection.
Police found the broken hundi and locks on temple premises. The thieves left behind Rs.21 in the hundi