Detectives Seek Public’s Assistance In Identifying Arson Suspect In Seminole [VIDEO]

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Detectives Seek Public’s Assistance In Identifying Arson Suspect In Seminole

Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office detectives assigned to the Arson & Auto Theft Unit are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying an arson suspect after two churches were intentionally set on fire in Seminole.

The fires occurred sometime between 8 p.m. on Saturday, February 3, 2018, and 8 a.m. on Sunday, February 4, 2018.

According to detectives, at about 8 a.m. on Sunday, February 4, 2018, deputies were called to the Seminole United Methodist Church and the Universal Harmony Church in Seminole, for reports of two suspicious fires.

The Seminole United Methodist Church is located at 5400 Seminole Boulevard, in Seminole and the Universal Harmony Church at 5903 Seminole Boulevard, in Seminole.

Detectives say the fires caused minor property damage and no one was injured.

Detectives believe the fires are related and were set intentionally.

Detectives obtained surveillance video of a man who they say is a suspect in the arson investigations.

The suspect is seen in the surveillance video at about 12:39 a.m. on Sunday, February 4, 2018, walking southbound in the area of Seminole Boulevard and 63rd Avenue North.

The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 20 to 30 years of age, thin to medium build, short hair, wearing a dark colored t-shirt, dark colored pants, dark colored shoes and carrying a large dark colored gym bag.

Surveillance video can be viewed here:

Anyone with information that may assist detectives in this investigation is asked to contact Detective Larry McLean of the Arson & Auto Theft Unit at 727-583-6399 or lmclean@pcsonet.com .

To remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800 873-TIPS or www.crimestoppersofpinellas.org.

The investigation continues.

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