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LOS ANGELES ( — Deputies on Thursday sought the public’s help to identify a man suspected of burglarizing a church and Buddhist temple in the Hacienda Heights and Rowland Heights areas.

According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the burglaries occurred during the day when the houses of worship were open to the public.

Officials said the suspect stole about $30,000 from locked donation boxes within the church and temple over the past year.

Authorities said he struck the Buddhist temple at least twice.

CBS2’s Jeff Nguyen on Thursday spoke to church and temple goers.

“You automatically feel a sense of belonging. A sense of peace. I wouldn’t think someone would have the audacity to do that,” said Jamal Blake, visiting Hsi Lai Temple.

Authorities would not confirm the robberies occurred at Hsi Lai.

Visitors to the temple told Nguyen that the donations go to a variety of causes, including…

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