Man suspected of mosque break-in

AZUSA — Police arrested a man Friday on suspicion of breaking into an Azusa mosque, authorities said.
Muzzamil Munir Niazi, 26, of Azusa was booked on suspicion of burglary and violating parole, Azusa police Lt. Mike Bertelsen said in a written statement.
Police responded to a burglary alarm about 10:45 a.m. at the Masjid Al-Fatiha Mosque, 210 N. Citrus Ave., he said.
Niazi, a former member of the mosque, “has admitted to committing other crimes at the location, and evidence supporting those admissions has been located,” Bertelsen said.
The other specific crimes Niazi is suspected of were not available Saturday, police said. They were believed to include another burglary and a petty theft.
In December, a break-in at the mosque prompted the Council on American-Islamic Relations to issue a statement encouraging police to investigate the incident as a possible hate crime.

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