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St. Petersburg Police release video showing men setting fire to RV

ST. PETERSBURG — Police released a surveillance video of at least two suspects who set fire to a parked RV on Dec. 16.

The video does not depict clear images of the arson suspects' faces, but police are hoping someone recognizes their clothing.

The incident took place at 1:30 a.m. at Bad to the Bone Auto Accessories at 1446 36th St. S and the RV was parked just north of the business. The business and $150,000 RV, which was considered to be a total loss after the fire, belong to 48-year-old Evelio Calzadilla.

Police say at least two arsonists set the vehicle on fire using a flammable liquid which they poured near the gas tank. They do not yet know the motive for the arson.

In the first part of the surveillance video, a possible white male wearing a gray hooded jacket over a black shirt with camouflage pants and black shoes can be seen walking away from the front of the business at around the time of the fire.

In the second part of the video, two men, both wearing black hooded jackets can be seen near the rear of the RV, dousing it with liquid from a gas can and then igniting it. The back of one suspect's jackets has a green and purple design or logo.

The video stops when the surveillance camera malfunctions due to the heat from the fire.

Investigators are seeking information regarding the identity of the suspects in this case and reward money is available for any information which leads to an arrest, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Bill Schorn at (727) 893-5212 or the Tip Line at (727) 892-5000 or Text a Tip at (727) 420-8911.

St. Petersburg Police release video showing men setting fire to RV 12/29/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 29, 2010 2:42pm]
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