NYPD Questions Suspect in Firebombings

Cops think he hit store that caught him shoplifting
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 3, 2012 1:26 PM CST
NYPD Questions Suspect in Firebombings
In this frame grab taken from surveillance video released by the NYPD, a suspect, left, throws a lit object at a home in Queens Sunday night.   (AP Photo/NYPD)

New York detectives questioned a man today about the firebombing of an Islamic cultural center and three other sites, attacks they said might turn out to be hate crimes. The man was tracked through a car with Virginia license plates that was believed to be at the scene of at least two of the attacks Sunday evening on a convenience store, two homes, and the cultural center, said police chief Ray Kelly.

The man was kicked out of the convenience store on Dec. 22 for trying to steal a glass Starbucks bottle and milk, authorities believe. Four of the five crude Molotov cocktails thrown were made from Starbucks bottles. "When they were pushing him out of the store, he said words to the effect that 'We're going to get even. We're going to get back at you,'" Kelly said. The store itself was one of the targets. (Los Angeles also has a suspect in custody in its arson attacks. Click here for that.)

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