Donation box broken into at N. Smithfield mosque

Police are looking for theman responsible for breaking into a North Smithfield mosque and leaving with about$1,000.

Police said a man brokethe lock of the donation box at the Masjid Al-Islam mosque early Friday morning.

Imam Ikram Haq said hisoffice was also broken into, as well as a second collection box.

But it's not the missingmoney that upsets him.

"Our main concern isthe safety and protection of the mosque," Haq said.

"Nothing like this wehad ever expected or even anticipated, the farthest of our imagination. This isa very peaceful community, a very peaceful neighborhood, a safeneighborhood."

In August, the mosque'ssign was vandalized with a man's head and then a hammer.

"Last year was atragedy that someone vandalized our sign and now someone had stolen from themosque, from the house of God. It's very unfortunate and very said," Haqsaid.

Haq said surveillancecameras showed the thief first driving around the mosque in a newer modelpick-up truck.

He's said they'll pray forthe robber, and he hopes he gets caught too.

NBC 10 has also learned thata donation box from a mosque in Pawtucket was also broken into early Fridaymorning.