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Brooklyn church arsonist caught on surveillance camera

Sandra Bookman has the details from Crown Heights.
April 15, 2014 2:23:47 PM PDT
Police are searching for an arsonist wanted in a string of church fires in Brooklyn, and they're hoping new surveillance video will lead to an arrest.

The man was caught on camera setting a newspaper on fire in front of the one of the buildings. In all, three fires were set on three separate days.

The first incident happened just before 3 a.m. on April 12 at The Greater New Beginnings Church on East 98th Street. Police say the man lit a newspaper on fire, burning the inside doorway of the location.

Then, on April 13 at 2:35 a.m., the man tossed an unknown object through a closed window of the Inglesia Cristiana Church on Pitkin Avenue. It caused a small fire in the bathroom that was quickly extinguished, causing minor damage to the bathroom.

Finally, just after 6:30 a.m. Monday, the suspect lit a newspaper on fire outside St. Mark's Church on Union Street, causing minor damage to the location.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call Crime stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).


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