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Police: Tampa man tries to set girlfriend's car on fire

TAMPA — A 41-year-old man was arrested Wednesday night after he smashed the windows in his girlfriend's car and tried to light it on fire, police say.

At almost 9 p.m., Harvey Lee Linen, of 5411 N 30th St., was arguing with his girlfriend about money outside his home, according to an incident report.

Police said Linen used a brick to smash all the windows in Romana Lawrence's Pontiac Vibe. Then he took a gas can from his truck and doused the car with gasoline.

Lawrence called 911, and Linen ran away when a police officer arrived, police said.

A police dog tracked Linen to a storage area behind a nearby home on Powhattan Avenue.

Linen was jailed without bail on charges of criminal mischief, attempted arson, burglary, resisting arrest and violating probation on an aggravated battery conviction.

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Police: Tampa man tries to set girlfriend's car on fire 03/26/10 [Last modified: Friday, March 26, 2010 1:35pm]
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