ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis’ police chief says officers are stepping up patrols and developing profiles of possible suspects in a spate of fires that have damaged six churches in largely black neighborhoods in the past two weeks.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Sam Dotson’s announcement Tuesday came the same day the reward for information leading to an arrest doubled to $4,000.
Dotson says churches damaged during the suspicious fires Oct. 8 through Oct. 18 vary denominationally and are within five miles of each other. Four are on St. Louis’ north side, and two are in nearby Jennings.
St. Louis and federal authorities are investigating.
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