Craft bazaar, a burglary hotspot

Burglaries are at an all-time high in Thimphu, and the Bhutanese Authentic craft bazaar burglarized seven times seems to be a hotspot for the vandals.

The Royal Bhutan Police (RBP) arrested a 31 year old man from Babtong, Khoma in Lhuentse on August 21 in connection with a burglary at the bazaar.

The night patrolling party caught the man entering the craft shop around 1:35 am. He had tried to run when he saw the approaching patrol.

However they were able to nab him and recovered two sechu (silk) kiras worth Nu 60,000. The case has been registered and charge sheeted to the court.

One week later in another case, two men were arrested for burglary in the same precinct by RBP personnel.

A 30 year old man from Metsho under Lhuentse Dzongkhag was caught red handed while entering into the shop with his 56 year old friend from Trong village under Zhemgang Dzongkhag.

The police were alerted by one G4s security official who saw few suspicious men around the craft bazaar trying to break into the shop at around 2:35 am.

However the police arrested them from the shop and they could not take anything from the craft shop.

The chair person of the craft bazaar, Tenzin Dorji said that shopkeepers have lost many valuable items from the day they started the craft bazaar and only after the fifth incident they were able to nab the miscreants and recover their things.

He said that the highest ever textile burglarized was a textile worth Nu 7mn.

The craft bazaar chairperson said since the craft bazaar comprised makeshift huts, miscreants can easily break into the stalls and therefore it is prone to burglaries. He added that even with two nights guards placed on site, the burglaries happened often times.

Tenzin Dorji suggested it is due to the nature of the craft bazaar, its location and its length.

The 500 meter long Bhutanese Authentic Craft Bazaar was opened last year and has 80 stalls.


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