Markham mosques tar­geted in B& Es

Richmond Hill Post - - NEWS - — Josh Sher­man

There has been a de­crease of 16.2 per cent of break and en­ters in York Re­gion from 2015 to 2016. How­ever, this doesn’t mean that the area hasn’t seen its share of sen­sa­tional crimes.

Peel Re­gional Po­lice said a male sus­pect wanted in con­nec­tion with thefts at two Markham mosques this sum­mer is in cus­tody.

York Re­gional Po­lice ( YRP) says the sus­pect broke into two Markham mosques, Masjid Darul Iman Mosque and the Is­lamic So­ci­ety of Markham, on July 9 and stole do­na­tion boxes.

“The sus­pect broke into both mosques overnight by pry­ing open a win­dow and a door. Once in­side, he stole the do­na­tion boxes and also did some dam­age to the ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fices,” said YRP con­sta­ble Andy Pat­ten­den.

Peel sergeant Joshua Col­ley said the sus­pect was ar­rested on July 13 at a re­li­gious in­sti­tu­tion in the area of North Ser­vice Road and Hurontario Street. Col­ley said that the sus­pect has “had nu­mer­ous deal­ings with the po­lice over the years.”

Mo­jas­sam Faiz, an ad­min­is­ter at Masjid Darul Iman Mosque, said, “It is good that [the sus­pect] has been caught” [but] re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion is very im­por­tant.” Faiz added that the sus­pect stole a few hun­dred dol­lars. “He didn’t take much money,” said Faiz. “What­ever amount he took out from our mosque it was good enough for him — it was free money.”

The mosque has since stepped up se­cu­rity mea­sures, in­clud­ing more cam­eras that can be mon­i­tored re­motely.

YRP has charged a 58-year-old male sus­pect of Mis­sis­sauga with break and en­ter, theft un­der $5,000, mis­chief and fail­ure to com­ply with re­cog­ni­zance. A court date is slated for Nov. 30.

The Is­lamic So­ci­ety of Markham

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