Police across central Alabama say three mosques in the state have been burglarized in recent days, and one Islamic leader hopes the cases aren't part of a conspiracy of hatred.
Tuscaloosa police say two safes containing cash and a handwritten Quran were stolen from the Islamic Center of Tuscaloosa earlier this week. Police have released a photo of a car believed to be involved in the robbery that was captured on surveillance video.
According to Al.com, donation boxes were also burglarized on March 10 at the Anniston Islamic Center, and a few days later at the Gadsden Islamic Society. Police in Gadsden and Anniston say the two cases are very similar.
No arrests have been made in relation to any of the burglaries.
The leader of the Birmingham Islamic Center, Ashfaq Taufique, says he hopes there's not a conspiracy against the Islamic community.