Reward to find St. Louis church arsonist increases to $9,000

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – The St. Louis Fire Department and the Missouri Division of Fire Safety have added an additional $5,000 to the reward to find a church arsonist.

The St. Louis Police Officers Association matched a CrimeStoppers reward on Tuesday night. They are each offering $2,000 to find the suspect. The total reward is now $9,000.

Six predominantly African-American churches doors have been set on fire within the two weeks St. Louis. Religious leaders are calling for an end to the attacks.

Both local and federal investigators are searching for the culprit. No one has been injured in any of the fires, but officials say it’s only a matter of time before someone is hurt.

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Chief Sam Dotson has stopped short of calling the fires racially motivated until they’ve identified a suspect. But until then, Dotson said his officers are doing more to protect the churches.

“In the overnight hours we are visiting churches, getting out on foot, sending in our canines in the area of churches to be visible,” Dotson said.

Call 1-800-39-ARSON if you have any information. You can also call CrimeStoppers at 1-866-371-TIPS (8477) or visit STLRCS.org.

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