Deputies: Man prays, steals money from Islamic Society in Dunedin

DUNEDIN, Fla. (WFLA) — Deputies are searching for a theft and vandalism suspect who targeted the Islamic Society of North Pinellas earlier this month.

Around 2 p.m. on July 9, the suspect went into the mosque in Dunedin and looked like he was participating in prayer.

Once all of the other members left, he used a tool to get into five donation boxes and steal money.

“So, what happened is that he came to this box and this is what happened,” said Arauf Rahimbaksh, a church leader. “He kind of went back and forth, looked at the camera, tried to go around it, so at the end of the day, he was able to pry it open.”

The suspect then left in a silver four-door sedan. He is described as a dark-skinned man with short, dark hair and a thin beard. He was last seen wearing gray pants, a dark shirt and a stabilizing bandage on his right forearm and hand.

“They’re looking for you,” said Rahimbaksh. “You might as well go turn yourself in. Let’s try to fix the issue and hopefully we can come to a common ground.”

Anyone with information is asked to call (727) 582-6355.

Follow Chip Osowski on Facebook

STORIES OTHERS ARE CLICKING ON:

BACK TO TOP STORIES

WFLA.com provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s