Police are interesting for info after two Hindu temples in Brent and Harrow had been ransacked in two burglaries believed to be associated.  

The primary theft came about on Friday 9 November, on the Shree Swaminarayan Temple in Willesden Lane.

Clergymen within the constructing had been woken at round 2am by a crashing sound. 

They went to research and noticed a person in darkish clothes holding a yellow rucksack and shifting across the temple.

He was crouching right down to keep away from detection. 

Cops had been known as however no suspect was discovered, though three non secular idols had been stolen.

Assortment containers, which had been crammed with donations gathered throughout current Diwali celebrations, had been additionally taken.

Bhavik Kerai, a consultant of the temple, appealed for the return of the idols, stressing their religious significance to worshippers.

The three Hari Krishna idols have been with the temple because it opened in 1975.

They “maintain non secular significance to all in our neighborhood,” a spokesperson for the temple stated in a press release. 

“We’ve religion that each one three Hari Krishna idols will return dwelling.”

“Within the meantime please pray for his or her protected return.”

The thief struck once more on Tuesday 13 November at Shri Kutch Satsang Swaminarayan Temple in Westfield Lane, Harrow. 

An alarm started to sound on the premises at round 3.45am. 

The temple monks regarded on the CCTV and noticed a lone male looking out the constructing.

He was carrying a hooded coat, was dressed all in gray and had coated his face.

As soon as once more the police had been known as however the suspect was not discovered.

The burglar gained entry to the temples by forcing a glass door and window open.

Detectives imagine that the offences may very well be linked because of the timing, technique of entry and proximity of the thefts.

They’re additionally urging different non secular temples to take additional care in locking up premises and stowing worthwhile objects.

The warning is particularly necessary forward of the holy competition of Kartik Poornim, which is well known by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains.

In 2018 the competition will likely be marked on 23 November.

“I need to reassure our Hindu and Sikh communities, in addition to the entire non secular communities in Harrow and Brent, that we take offences similar to this very severely and are doing every thing we will to hint the suspect,” stated Detective Constable Pete Wallace.

“Such behaviour is not going to be tolerated.”

“I’d ask these locally to maintain a glance out for non secular idols that could be supplied on the market; they are going to be distinctive objects.”

“If such an merchandise is obtainable and the obvious ‘vendor’ is unable to account for the place it got here from, please contact police instantly.”

“Within the meantime I’d urge worshippers to take additional of their locations of worship to keep away from changing into a sufferer of crime.”

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