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.

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