Theft from mosque 'very odd'

Armed police outside the Al Huda Mosque in Clyde St this morning. Photo: Stephen Jaquiery
Armed police outside the Al Huda Mosque in Clyde St. Photo: Stephen Jaquiery
Police are making inquiries about the theft of a hard-drive containing CCTV footage from Dunedin's mosque late last year.

An Islamic community source, who asked to remain anonymous, said the burglary happened about December 15 last year at the Al Huda mosque in Clyde St.

All that was taken was a hard-drive which stored footage captured from CCTV cameras in the mosque, the source said.

"We thought that was pretty weird.

"Why would someone break into our office and steal a hard drive for CCTV cameras and not touch anything else?"

He wondered if someone "had been in, scoped the place out, realised we had cameras, and stolen the hard drive because the image might have been captured in there".

"It might be nothing but it does seem very odd."

A police spokeswoman said they had received a report of a burglary at the mosque on December 15, but no fingerprints were found at the scene nor was CCTV footage available.

A statement was taken this week about the burglary and the case had been filed pending receipt of new information, she said.

The Dunedin source said police had now asked him to "come in to make a formal statement" and provide the make and model of the stolen hard-drive unit.


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