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‘He just didn’t care’ -- Vandals target mosque in Oakland County

No injuries reported

“There are signs outside and this whole property is under surveillance,” Tahil said. “He just didn’t care.”
“There are signs outside and this whole property is under surveillance,” Tahil said. “He just didn’t care.”

ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. – Leaders at the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Center in Rochester Hills are working with police to solve a case of vandalism.

“When I came around 5:25 a.m., I came here and saw we were vandalized,” said Imam Shamshad Nasir.

The vandalism was noticed early Saturday morning, but it happened late Friday night. Leaders said someone used an object like a hammer to break the glass in the door.

Original story: Front doors of Rochester Hills mosque vandalized

Local 4 News obtained photos of the damage. The main entry of the mosque was smashed and broken glass was shattered across a wide area in and outside the building. Many who worship at the mosque, located on West Auburn Road, are confused

“I don’t know what is the reason. Why he would tamper like that? We are very peaceful people in this area and all our neighbors know us,” Nasir said. “We don’t know the intention of the person, why he was here and why he did that.”

“Good thing is that nobody got hurt. It’s just a property,” said Maqbool Tahil. “Property can be repaired and taken care of.”

What’s even more interesting is that there were cameras all around.

“Actually, there are signs outside and this whole property is under surveillance,” Tahil said. “He just didn’t care.”

But they have this message for whoever vandalized the community center.

“We don’t have any hatred against anybody and we’re not an enemy of anybody,” said Imam Shamshad Nasir.

The Mosque said they turned over the security video to the Oakland County Sheriff’s Department. They are now investigating.

According to the OCSO, surveillance video showed a man walking the perimeter of the mosque at around 9:30 p.m. the night before.

The man was observed walking in the general direction of the door that had been damaged. A nearby Walgreens also had a window broken out at about the same time.  It is unknown if they are related at this time.

Anyone with information is asked to call the OCSO.

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About the Author:

Larry Spruill Jr. joined the Local 4 News team in January 2018. Prior, he worked at WJAX in Jacksonville, Florida. Larry grew up as a military kid because his father is a retired Chief of the United States Air Force.