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Break-in bandits targeted temple

Two men are facing theft-related charges after local Mounties arrested them May 10 at the Sikh Gurdwara temple on No. 5 Road.

Richmond RCMP responded to complaints from officials at the India Cultural Centre, 8500 No. 5 Rd.,  about thieves who were repeatedly breaking into vehicles during celebratory events.

They launched an operation, which culminated in the arrests.

"We work very closely with the ethnic communities in the city of Richmond, and find these types of crimes particularly offensive," said Richmond RCMP Sgt. Cam Kowalski. "People should have the ability to worship or celebrate in the sanctity of their own temple, synagogue or church. Richmond is not a crime destination."

News of the arrests was welcomed.

"The India Cultural Centre of Canada's Gurdwara Nanak Niwas is very thankful to the Richmond RCMP for its ongoing support and assistance and would like to commend the RCMP officers for apprehending these individuals," said Chain Batth, president of the centre.

The suspects were released on a promise-to-appear document with conditions, and are next scheduled to return to Richmond provincial court on June 10.

Meanwhile, police are urging the public to remove valuables—cash, purses or wallets—as well as personal identification from their vehicles.

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