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JUST IN: Video of suspect in Islamic Center vandalism released

Police are looking for this man, who was captured on surveillance video on Monday, March 13. (Source: Islamic Center of Tucson) Police are looking for this man, who was captured on surveillance video on Monday, March 13. (Source: Islamic Center of Tucson)
(Source: Islamic Center of Tucson) (Source: Islamic Center of Tucson)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Authorities have released security footage of the vandalism that happened at the Islamic Center of Tucson early last week and now say it is being treated as a hate crime.

The edited video was given to Tucson News Now on Monday, March 20, one week after a man broke into the center and tossed around numerous copies of the Quran, scattering pages across a room.

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The ICT said the break-in happened around 3:30 a.m., Monday, March 13. Nothing was stolen and no one was hurt.

"The biggest sense of urgency is to get the Islamic Center back to normal," said Sgt. Robert Brandt with the Tucson Police Department. "Anybody who has been a victim can appreciate that it disrupts their life and until this person is identified and arrested for this, they're going to have hesitation about things."

Brandt said the TPD released the video now in the hope that students returning from Spring Break may be able to recognize him. The suspect has been described as a white or Hispanic male in his 20s.

READ MORE: Vandal breaks into Islamic Center of Tucson, destroys copies of Quran

The video does not show the man destroying the Quran, per a request from the ICT.

"Something you see, you can't unsee," said Lynn Hourani, acting secretary for the ICT Board of Directors, on why video of the Quran destruction was not released. "It touches the heart. We didn't want to instill any response in the Muslim so we decided to not make it more public."

The video does show the suspect forcing his way inside, walking from room to room while trying to open several doors. He can also be seen throwing and kicking items around one of the rooms.

The TPD said local and federal authorities are working the case.

The ICT said the outpouring of supports from the community has been amazing.

Anyone with information is asked to call 88-CRIME or 911.

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