A priest at the temple in Forsyth County showed Channel 2's Justin Wilfon the surveillance video of the thieves stealing several gold necklaces off statue after statue.

Thieves steal $15K in gold from Hindu temple in Cumming

A priest at a Hindu temple in Cumming said a group of people pretending to be tourists stole nearly $15,000 worth of gold jewelry during a visit Thursday afternoon.

The theft, which was caught on the house of worship’s surveillance cameras, shows members of the group pulling gold necklaces and pendants off statues at the Sri Maha Lakshmi Temple of Atlanta in Forsyth County. 

“I am totally shocked,” priest Keshava Murthy told Channel 2 Action News. “We lost nearly $15,000 (in) gold jewelry.”

Murthy said the six-person group responsible for the theft included two men, two women, a teenager and a child.

The video shows the men speaking with the priest while the women go to work pocketing jewelry from statues around the temple. 

“They took all the gold chains along with the pendants,” Murthy said. 

He said one of the men visited the temple five days before the thefts, taking pictures of some of the statues during an apparent reconnaissance mission.

Anyone who recognizes the people in the video is asked to contact the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office. 

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