Markham mosques targeted in B& Es
*- 16.2% decrease in break & enters in york region
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