Man steals from worshipers at Astoria mosque: NYPD

Police suspect this man of entering an Astoria mosque and stealing from worshipers as they prayed.
By Bill Parry

Police were searching for a man who entered an Astoria mosque earlier this month and was caught on video going through worshiper’s jacket that hung along a wall.

The suspect entered the Majid Al-Iman religious center, located at 24-30 Steinway St., during Friday prayers just before 4 p.m. on Jan. 19. He was caught on surveillance camera rifling through several of the jackets before taking one of them and fleeing in an unknown direction, police said.

The stolen property included a wallet containing a cell phone, a credit card and two identification cards, according to the NYPD.

Police described the suspect as 30 to 40 years old, around 6 feet tall and 180 pounds, clean shaven with a bald head. He was last seen wearing blue jeans and a black jacket.

Anyone with information is asked tocall the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS.

Reach reporter Bill Parry by e-mail at bparry@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 260–4538.

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