Dear Community Leader,
Assalamu alaikum. You may have learned of the vandalism and burglaries that occurred in mosques in Anniston, Gadsden, and Tuscaloosa in recent days. Donation boxes were stolen from both Anniston Islamic Center and Gadsden Islamic Society on March 10, and two safes--one containing a handwritten Quran of sentimental value--were stolen from the Islamic Society of Tuscaloosa on March 14.
All three incidents have been reported to law enforcement for further investigation.
Security camera footage from the Anniston and Gadsden burglaries show the same person of interest, who is also believed to be involved in similar incidents that occurred out-of-state in February. Images of the individual are included below to aid you in taking precautions for the benefit of your community, and so that anyone with information may report it to law enforcement and to CAIR-Alabama at 205-313-6489.
Images from Anniston burglary (courtesy of Anniston Islamic Center)
Images from Gadsden burglary (courtesy of Gadsden Islamic Society)
At this time, we ask that you continue to implement stringent security measuresat your mosque or community center. Please refer to CAIR's guide, Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety. Be sure to report any suspicious activity or incident to law enforcement and to CAIR-Alabama by calling 205-313-6489 or by filing an incident report here.
If you have not done so already, we also encourage you to contact us to schedule a security assessment and training for your facility through the Department of Justice.
Please use your discretion in sharing this message with your community; do feel free to share as you see fit.
Your team at CAIR-Alabama