Coins worth Rs 7,000 were stolen from a temple in Thane city, police said on Monday.
Police said that unidentified persons allegedly barged into the temple and decamped with the coins kept in a donation box.
As per a complaint filed by the temple owner, he had gone to Tamil Nadu on December 14 to attend a ritual. On the intervening night of December 15 and 16, some unidentified persons allegedly entered the temple premises. They broke open the donation box kept there and took away coins from it worth about Rs 7,000, police said.
The robbers threw the donation box outside the temple premises. The next day, a relative of the temple owner spotted the donation box thrown away by the miscreants. On his return to the city, the temple owner lodged a complaint with police last evening.
An offence under IPC section 379 (theft) has been registered against the unidentified persons and police are further probing the incident.
(With inputs from PTI)