MINNEAPOLIS – A thief was caught on camera, breaking into a mosque in Minneapolis. Damaged roads will cost thousands of dollars to repair, but some damage is not easy to repair.
Broken glass, damaged doors and bent donation boxes. That’s what members of the Tawfiq Islamic Center in Minneapolis found after a break-in on Sunday night.
“He came and attacked our place of worship,” said one trustee.
The person behind the theft was captured by camera after camera.
Jaylani Hussein, chief executive officer of CAIR-MN, said: “And he started destroying almost every door he could find. He destroyed offices. He destroyed property. “.
The camera captured the entry point, pry open the back door. Then he went through the gym, through the next door, spending about 40 minutes inside the mosque.
The video captures the scene of people walking through the corridor. You see him kicking the door and taking money from the donation boxes placed around the mosque. Damage was estimated at about $50,000. They said they could repair what was damaged.
“However, our sense of security, and the impact it will have, is the lasting impact on our community,” said the trustee.
The community expressed concern, which led to a visit from the city’s top police. They report that this is the fourth significant incident at a mosque in Minnesota since the start of the year.
“Although the motives are different, the results are the same, causing damage to the community, loss of sense of security and terror,” said Abdulahi Farah of the Muslim Coalition.
Police said preliminary information indicated the motive was theft. Because it happened at a mosque, it would work to find out if the action was motivated by hate or prejudice.
Contact CrimeStoppers or the police if you recognize him. The community is offering a $6,000 reward for information.