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Man breaks into Islamic Center, damages holy books and doors

Posted at 11:06 AM, Mar 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-14 20:16:15-04

A spokesman for Islamic Center of Tucson says a man broke into the center and damaged several books and doorways.

Spokesman Mahmoud Obagi said the man entered the center, at 901 E. First Street, at 3:30 p.m. Monday, breaking through and damaging the front door.

The Vandal tried to break into the administration office but was unsuccessful. Obagi says that's when he made his way into the Prayer hall.

"He went into the prayer hall and began throwing copies of the Koran, kicking them and vandalizing the entire prayer hall and whatever he was able to touch," said Obagi. 

Once inside, he threw dozens of Korans over the floor, damaging the books to the point where they need to be destroyed.


Obagi tells KGUN 9 that the center had about 150 Korans and the majority were destroyed.

"Not all of them were fully damaged, some are still usable and were put back on the shelves."

The Korans that could not be put back on the shelves will be destroyed properly

The man also caused damage to small property in the side room, as well as other doorways.

Police are investigating the crime.