A thief, who disguised him as a devotee, reportedly stole jewelleries worth Rs 1,20,000 from a temple near Manchegowda Koppal on Saturday.
The missing golden ornaments which decorated the goddess at the Yallamma temple came to the notice of the priestess Lakshmamma in the morning. She immediately informed the Vijayanagar police.
Police suspect a man, aged around 35, who visited the temple as a devotee, to have committed the crime. The police have also advised the temple authorities to install CCTV cameras for security.
Vijayanagar police have registered a complaint and have begun investigation.