Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Public safety

Deputies release more video of man suspected in Seminole church fires

SEMINOLE — Pinellas sheriff’s deputies released a second video that showed a man they believe set fire to two churches over the weekend.

Deputies are searching for the unidentified man, who they believe was caught by surveillance cameras setting fire to Seminole United Methodist Church, 5400 Seminole Blvd., and Universal Harmony Church, 5903 Seminole Blvd., between 8 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. Sunday.

The video shows the man walking through a parking lot at about 11:40 p.m. on Saturday. The two churches are about a quarter mile apart. The fires caused minor property damage, deputies said, though nobody was injured.

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Deputies described the man as between the ages of 20 to 30, with a thin to medium build and short hair. He was seen wearing a dark T-shirt, pants and shoes and was carrying a large dark gym bag.

Anyone with information about the man or the fires is asked to contact Detective Larry McLean at (727) 583-6399 or via email at [email protected] Those who wish to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward and are asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-8477.

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