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Friday May 10th, 2013

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Windsor Police have recovered surveillance video of a person they believe may be responsible for throwing several molotov cocktails at a church on Riverside Drive.

On Friday May 3rd around 7am an unknown person started a fire at Holy Rosary Church (formally Our Lady Of The Rosary) on Riverside Drive East.

Several molotov cocktails were discovered by Police at the scene. A west-facing basement window was smashed and one of the molotov cocktails was thrown into the basement of the church and it ignited. Although the damage was minimal, Police say it could have been much worse had a citizen not spotted the fire.

At 5am, Police say an unknown male was captured on video surveillance on the church property acting suspiciously. The male was observed casing out the church before being lost behind the west side of the building.

Although the fire did not happen until 7am, Police say it is obvious that the male in question was acting suspiciously. Police say investigation has revealed that the person responsible for setting the fire may have made his way there earlier to bring items to the scene or break the window involved.

The male in the video was a white male, 5’10” to 6 feet tall, he was wearing a dark coloured hooded sweatshirt with dark coloured basketball type shorts with light coloured stripes on the side. He was wearing gloves and dark shoes. The male appeared to be bald or wearing some type of tight fitting mask.

When the male reached the corner of Cadillac Street and Riverside Drive he appeared to notice a westbound vehicle on Riverside Drive and he turned away from the oncoming car and pulled his hood over his head. The male was last seen walking west at the front of the church.

Anyone who may recognize this male is asked to call the Windsor Police arson Unit at 519-255-6700 x4333 or contact Crime Stoppers at 519-258-TIPS.

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