Surveillance video shows mosque arson

- Arson investigators are hoping new surveillance video will help them catch the man accused of setting a fire at a Hillsborough County mosque.

The incident happened February 24 around 2 a.m. at the Islamic Society of New Tampa on Morris Bridge Road. 

The man is seen carrying a large container and a rope.  He sprays the rope with an accelerant, believed to be gasoline, and tries to ignite it.

When that fails, he pours more accelerant on the sidewalk, where it ignites. Then he starts the container on fire, which damages the mosque.

The man took off toward Morris Bridge Road.

Anyone with any information about the incident or the suspect should call the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at 247-8200. To be eligible for a cash reward, and remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477), or report online at

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