Monk robbed buying lottery tickets at Philadelphia gas station

A still from the surveillance video of the monk chasing the thief out of the Philadelphia store. Photo: CBS News

PHILADELPHIA — Authorities say a Buddhist monk chased and grabbed a man who had stolen his wallet at a South Philadelphia gas station.

The Philadelphia Daily News reports that the 61-year-old victim, dressed in an orange robe, was accosted while he was at a lottery machine at the gas station on Jan. 3. A police spokeswoman confirmed that he is a Buddhist monk.

Surveillance video posted by police shows another man grabbing the monk’s wallet and running out of the store, and the victim struggling with him outside before being pushed to the ground.

CBS Philadelphia reports that the suspect took off in a dark silver car. The victim was cut on his leg during the scuffle.

The robber escaped with the victim’s wallet, which police said contained $350. Authorities are asking for the public’s help in identifying him.

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