WATCH: New video shows serial Orange County criminal torching SUV

Authorities continue search for man in string of robberies, carjackings

ORLANDO, Fla. – Orlando police on Friday released surveillance video that shows the man believed to be responsible for a string of carjackings and robberies in Orange County setting a vehicle on fire.

In one of the three videos, a man is seen walking near what appears to be an SUV. About four seconds into it, a big, bright flash lights up the area as the man torches it, police said.

In another short video, the man is seen calmly walking away from the scene. He appears to be wearing shorts and a black tanktop. 

Authorities said the vehicle was recovered in the area of Kozart Street and Willie Mays Parkway at 9 p.m. Sunday, just hours after police said the same man shot someone at a SunTrust Bank in Winter Garden, carjacked another person at a nearby Walgreens and robbed a CVS convenience store in Orlando.

In the third video, the man is seen carrying out one of the carjackings Wednesday in what appears to be an empty parking lot. The dark-colored sedan looks as though it was parked near a drive-thru until he approaches the vehicle and eventually takes off in it.

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Police said the man's crime spree continued throughout the week when he carjacked a woman Wednesday morning in the parking lot of an Orlando Petco and robbed a Walgreens after that. 

Friday's videos come as authorities are still searching for clues to identify the man in the string of crimes. 

"Basically in this case, it's a homicide that's yet to happen," Orlando police Detective Adam Krudo said. "We have increased patrols and have more officers out there." 

The victim in what is believed to be his first crime in the spree spoke out Thursday, urging law enforcement officials to catch the man before he strikes again. He was attacked by the robber Saturday evening while working at the Dunkin' Donuts on North Orange Avenue, officers said.


Orlando police, Winter Garden police and Orange County deputies are working to catch the criminal and hope the surveillance video, in addition to a sketch released earlier this week, will help identify him.

Investigators say they've already collected quite a few tips over the past several days and have other crucial evidence to go on.

"We have a lot of DNA evidence that's actually being actively processed by FDLE," Detective Krudo said. 

Anyone with information about the man or any of the crimes is urged to call Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477).

[INTERACTIVE: See a timeline of the man's crime spree below.]

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