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Donation box broken into at N. Smithfield mosque

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

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

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

But it's not the missing money that upsets him.

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

"Nothing like this we had ever expected or even anticipated, the farthest of our imagination. This is a very peaceful community, a very peaceful neighborhood, a safe neighborhood."

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

"Last year was a tragedy that someone vandalized our sign and now someone had stolen from the mosque, from the house of God. It's very unfortunate and very said," Haq said.

Haq said surveillance cameras showed the thief first driving around the mosque in a newer model pick-up truck.

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

NBC 10 has also learned that a donation box from a mosque in Pawtucket was also broken into early Friday morning.

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