Two unidentified men took away a silver mace from Hanuman temple at Chikkadpally on Friday after gaining entry by posing as devotees.
As the priest was not available when they came to the temple, the duo told a sweeper present there that they would offer prayers themselves.
Later, they gave Rs. 100 to a sweeper in the temple and requested her to bring the change with a bait that they wanted to tip her.
When the sweeper returned, the duo disappeared with the silver mace.