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Investigators looking for man who set pews on fire at Florida church

Deputies say a man set pews on fire at a church.
Deputies say a man set pews on fire at a church. (Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office)

TAMPA, Fla. – Sheriff’s officials in Florida are looking for a man who was caught on security cameras breaking into a church and setting some pews on fire.

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s officials said the man broke into Incarnation Catholic Church near Tampa in Friday night and poured flammable liquid onto three wooden pews before setting them on fire. The man then ran from the church, news outlets reported.

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The suspect didn't take anything from the church, officials said.

Sheriff Chad Chronister said the fire caused significant damage.

“While we are unsure of his motive, it is clear he has no respect for private property or a sacred place of worship," the sheriff said. “We promise this church community we are doing everything we can to capture this suspect and ensure he is held accountable for his actions.”

CAUGHT ON CAMERA: #teamHCSO is searching for the man seen in this video burglarizing a church and lighting several pews...

Posted by Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday, September 22, 2020