A break-in last week at the Millard Islamic Foundation near 144th and Q Streets resulted in the loss of $2,300 in electronic equipment.
The burglary, reported Thursday, is thought to have occurred sometime overnight on May 4-5, according to an Omaha police report.
The break-in occurred during Ramadan, the Islamic holy month.
“Everything is shut down, so it’s demoralizing that we can’t even congregate during Ramadan,” Imam Samyr El-Refaie said. “To put the cherry on top, you have somebody come in to rob the place. It’s a big letdown.”
El-Refaie said he received a phone call from one of the mosque members who told him that someone had broken through the back door of the mosque. Speakers, a microphone, a computer, other electronic equipment and a donation box were taken, El-Refaie said. The donation box didn’t have any money inside.
El-Refaie’s wife set up a GoFundMe page that has raised more than $9,200 to replace the stolen items. The money also will help replace a security camera that was broken during the burglary.
“We have had a lot of support from everybody we know,” El-Refaie said.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 402-444-STOP or omahacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters remain anonymous and are eligible for a cash reward.