Second suspect sought in connection with burglary at Chandler mosque

Posted at 1:47 PM, Sep 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-06 20:58:57-04

Police are asking for the public's help in identifying a suspect wanted in connection with a burglary at a Chandler mosque. 

Chandler police report that on September 2 they arrested 36-year-old Anas Muraweh for trespassing after he was found in the backyard of an occupied home. 

After his arrest, police say a large amount of cash and loose change was located inside his vehicle, along with personal checks made out to the Islamic Center of the East Valley. 

Upon further investigation, police learned that the mosque had been burglarized on September 1. 

Police say video surveillance showed Muraweh forcing open donation deposit boxes to steal change, cash, and checks. 

As Muraweh was allegedly breaking into and emptying the donation boxes, video surveillance reportedly shows a second suspect walking into camera view and standing near Muraweh. 

Police describe this suspect as African American, in his 40's or 50's, having an average build and bald. 

Muraweh was ultimately booked into jail on one count of identity theft, burglary, and five counts of forgery. 

If you have any information on this second suspect, you are asked to call the Chandler Police Department at (480) 782-4130 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS. 

Silent Witness is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest of this second suspect.