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THANE: A thief prayed to God before allegedly stealing a cash box from a temple in Maharashtra’s Thane city, police said on Sunday after examining the CCTV footage of the premises.

The accused broke into the temple of Lord Hanuman in Khopat area here on the night of November 9 and allegedly stole the cash box containing about Rs 1,000, an official said quoting a complaint by the temple’s caretaker.

The CCTV footage of the place showed the thief praying before the God’s idol before stealing the cash box kept there, the official said.

A clip of the footage also went viral on social media platforms.

The Naupada police arrested the accused on Saturday and recovered the stolen cash from him, the official said.