(NBC MIAMI) -- A suspect on a bike was recorded on surveillance
video stealing a pair of pricey sneakers outside a Pembroke Pines mosque
as worshipers prayed there this week.
Faria Mohamed said her brother Khizr
placed his $150 Nike Air Jordans on a shoe rack outside the Darul Uloom
Institute at 7050 Pines Blvd. Tuesday night. Muslims remove shoes, which
are considered unclean, before entering a mosque.
But when Khizr Mohamed returned from praying, his sneakers were gone.
"At that point he thought it was a friend or my other brother probably did a prank on him," Mohamed said.
The video shows the suspect arriving on his bike at the mosque and Islamic training center just after 7:45 p.m. Tuesday night.
He checked out the shoes on the rack
and cased the area. He picked up one pair of shoes, put them down, and
grabbed another pair that he took with him as he rolled away, the video
The suspect didn't appear to notice the camera recording him.
"He was pretty disappointed seeing
it was somebody from outside coming in and taking the shoes, while they
were praying," Mohamed said of her brother.
The unholy act is upsetting for mosque leader Shaikh Shafayat Mohamed.
"It's very frustrating because it affects the congregation," he said.
Spiritual leaders from the mosque
say that in just a few months, there have been several pairs of shoes
stolen from the mosque - and now many worshippers are wearing slippers
so they won't fall victim.
"I mean, it means we have really gone to the dogs, when people can steal shoes to sell shoes," Mohamed said.