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St. Petersburg man accused of arson

ST. PETERSBURG — Police have arrested a man they say set fire to his former landlord's house Wednesday morning.

David Frank, 26, faces a first-degree arson charge and will be booked into the Pinellas County Jail said St. Petersburg police spokesman Mike Puetz.

Authorities say Frank is responsible for the suspicious fire at 3226 23rd St. N. Officials were called to the home about 12:10 a.m., said Lt. Joel Granata of St. Petersburg Fire and Rescue.

No one was inside the home at the time and there were no injuries.

Puetz said Frank was seen on a neighbor's security camera approaching the house from the alley about the time of the fire. Frank, located by investigators hours later, admitted to setting the fire but refused to say why and or how, police said.

Frank and his girlfriend had been living at the home rent-free until a couple of weeks ago when the owner asked the couple to leave, authorities said.

The day before the fire was set, the girlfriend became upset when she found out the homeowner had tossed out a weight lifting set Frank left behind.

Officials believe that may have been a motivating factor in the arson.

St. Petersburg man accused of arson 03/30/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 30, 2011 11:07pm]
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