UPDATE: Windsor Police Investigating Mosque and School Break-In

A break-in to the Windsor Islamic Association Mosque (WIA) is raising concerns among the faith community that worships there.

Windsor police confirm they are investigating a break-in to a building in the 1300 block of Northwood St. near Dominion Blvd. as well as a break-in to a building in the 1400 block of Janette Ave. near Wahketa St.

According to WIA Spokesperson Dr. Sinan Yasarlar, a safe as well as a video surveillance device were taken. Police say the safe was located around 4:45pm on Monday in the 3300 block of Walker Rd. near Seymour Blvd.

Dr. Yasarlar says it was very similar to a theft in December at An-Noor school — in both cases, a suspect was confronted and told witnesses he was just using the bathroom, but the offices were later found to have been broken into. 

He doesn't believe they're the target of a hate crime. 

"There's no evidence to suggest anything of racism, there were no racists slurs, any comments when they did run into him. There was no altercation or obscene messages left or anything of that sort that you would see in a hate crime."

Because of the incidents, Dr. Yasalar says they'll be stepping up security measures and if people see something, they should say something. 

"Places of worship and schools are apparently easier targets and people should stay vigilant. If you see suspicious vehicles infront of the mosque, if you see people wandering on your premises that you really haven't seen before, you should call the police right away."

The Imam at the mosque, Mohamad Al-Jammali tells CTV News he hopes the people responsible can be caught and says it is very upsetting to have this happen. 

"To find who did that might give us peace of heart and that might really give a good message to our people."

Windsor police are asking for any witnesses to come forward.

 

 

— With files from AM800's Kathie McMann