Chandler Buddhist Center Burglarized

July 31, 2006

Source: East Valley Tribune

On July 31, 2006 the East Valley Tribune reported, "Volunteers at the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation in Chandler suspect that a burglary there late Thursday was the handiwork of someone familiar with the organization. Longtime foundation volunteer Arthur Tai said the intruders stole mostly donated electronic equipment including two projectors, cameras, camcorders, two wireless microphones, a plasma TV and two computers — valued about $40,000. The computers stolen from the center... contained personal information of volunteers and the people who use the center’s services. The information included Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and copies of drivers’ licenses. Tai said he thinks the intruders are familiar with the charity, which gives food and money to the needy and provides some free medical services, because they took the projectors’ remotes, which were hidden away from the projectors... Investigators found the head of a Buddha statue broken off at the center. The Maricopa Sheriffs office is looking at the burglary as a possible hate crime, although there are no suspects."