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TORONTO: There is no breakthrough yet in the armed robbery attempt at Scarborough’s Hindu temple here last Sunday.
In what worshippers call the fourth such attempt at the religious place, a man and a woman with their faces covered barged into the temple at 9 PM, rounded up the five temple employees and asked who was in charge of the temple. There were no worshippers in the Tamil Hindu temple at the time.
The robbers tried to duct-tape one of the temple employees, but they failed as the duct tape fell. In the confusion, one employee managed to escape and dial 9-11 to call police.
As the robbers struggled with the employees inside, some worshippers came. Seeing their vehicles lights outside the temple, the robbers fled the scene without taking anything away.
Security camera images showed the male suspect to be black and about 25 to 30 years old, about five feet seven inches tall and wearing light-colour beige trousers and inside-out jacket. The female suspect is white who looks 25 to 30 years and is wearing black clothes.
Hindu temple manager Jeyah Rajah said this is the second attempt on the temple by robbers this month.
“One incident came earlier this month, another in June and one in 2012. No more than $200 was taken at any point in time. We’ve had break-ins before this, but this is the first time they’ve walked in,’’ he said in an interview to a local newspaper.
Scarborough, which was once a separate municipality to the east of Toronto, is now part of Canada’s biggest city. Scarborough is home to the biggest Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora anywhere in the world.
Numbering over 300,000 in Canada, most Sri Lankan Tamils live in Scarborough which has as many as nine registered Hindu temples.
While Sri Lankan Tamils dominate the southern part of Scarborough, Chinese dominate the north. It is one of the most diverse places in Canada.
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