Police want a suspect off the streets after attempting to burn a church

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ST. CHARLES COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – St. Charles County Police are asking for help identifying a person of interest wanted for questioning in some strange crimes.   Police hope surveillance video will reveal the identity of the man who could face burglary, stealing and property damage charges.

Police believe the crimes happened early in the morning of July 5th.  A home in the 2300 block of Muegge Rd. was ransacked.  Police say the suspect also emptied the victim’s prescription pill bottles and replaced the pills with water.

Det. Tony Hojsik says there’s no way to know the mental condition of the person of interest.  They just want him identified as soon as possible.

“I’ve done an extensive area canvass and I haven’t found anybody that recognizes him yet,” said Hoksik. “But I know someone does.”

The Faith Baptist Church was also targeted.  Pastor Justin Arender showed us a bible that was torn and office equipment that was destroyed.  He says a computer hard drive, a journal and an audio bible were all stolen.

Police believe the man they’re looking for set a fire with the intent of creating an explosion inside the church.  The fire was started in a storage closet beneath hanging chemicals.  The fire went out on its own.  No one was hurt.

Police say anyone with information should call the St. Charles County Police Department at 636-949-3000.  Detective Hojsik can be reached at extension 2547.​

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