Gianyar student caught stealing money from a temple says she needs it to pay her tuition

A younger pupil in Tegallalang, Gianyar who was caught by CCTV cameras stealing money from a temple claimed that she wanted the cash to repay her past-due tuition, police mentioned.

The 15-year-old pupil has been recognized by her initials ESP. In complete, ESP, who attended an area vocational faculty, stole IDR170,000 (US$11.45) after breaking a donation field in a temple in Sebatu Village on Monday.

The cash was a part of sesari, which is an ongoing donation drive to financially help individuals who keep and run Balinese Hindu temples. ESP, who was in her faculty uniform through the theft, instantly used the cash to repay her tuition charges.

A clip of her petty crime went viral on social media.

Tegallalang Police Chief I Ketut Sudita mentioned that the pupil has been in custody since Tuesday.

“The suspect confessed to her crime,” Sudita mentioned, including that the police are nonetheless investigating the case. 

Individually, Banjar Pulung Chief I Nyoman Ardita mentioned ESP and her household have reached out to the temple and requested for forgiveness.

“We accepted the apology however when it comes to legislation we will’t remark. There isn’t any withdrawing the grievance but as a result of there’s an merchandise that was destroyed,” he mentioned, declaring to the donation field that ESP had damaged to steal the money.

Ardita added that the temple is scheduled to carry out a particular ceremony to erase unfavorable vibes stemming from the crime. There are additionally plans to put in extra CCTV cameras within the institution. 

I Wayan Semadi, the headmaster of ESP’s faculty, mentioned they won’t intervene within the police investigation in the direction of the pupil. Semadi additionally confirmed that ESP had didn’t pay one yr’s price of tuition, however he didn’t specify the quantity owed.

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