WOMAN SENTENCED TO TWO YEARS IN JAIL FOR HATE CRIME, GRAND THEFT, AND VANDALISM FOR STEALING THREE GOLD STATUES FROM BUDDHIST TEMPLE IN SANTA ANA

SANTA ANA, Calif. – A woman was sentenced to two years in county jail today for committing a hate crime, grand theft, and vandalism for stealing three gold statues from a Buddhist temple in Santa Ana.

Defendant Charges Sentence
Trang Thu Pham, 48, Santa Ana Pleaded guilty today to felony counts of:

  • Grand theft
  • Vandalism of a religious property

Sentencing Enhancement Allegation

  • Committing a hate crime
Two years in county jail

Circumstances of the Case

  • Between Feb. 26, 2016, and March 6, 2016, Pham took three separate gold Buddha statues from a Buddhist temple in Santa Ana.
  • A volunteer at the temple noticed that the statues were missing and contacted Santa Ana Police Department, who investigated this case.
  • The defendant was observed on surveillance cameras near the statues that were stolen from the temple and was arrested by SAPD on March 18, 2016.

Prosecutor: Senior Deputy District Attorney Jess Rodriguez, Special Prosecutions Unit

*Defendant was out of custody after being convicted of vandalism of religious property

Orange County District Attorney / Case # 16CF0751 / July 5, 2017

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