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Arsonist targets Mesa churches: bibles burned near doorways

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MESA, Ariz. - It started in May when an arsonist struck every month.

"Mother's day morning and this, we were opening up our double doors and as we came out we walked right up on a burned bible," said Pastor Mark Rice.

Pastor Rice took pictures of what he saw, a bible had been set on fire outside of the Mesa Baptist Church.

"Maybe that was just a first-time prank because it was a totally isolated situation, but when it happened a week later, we released that it was intentional," he said.

That's right another bible was burned in the same spot, a week later.

The bible was set on fire about two feet from the double doors of the church. But this time a message was scratched into the door, it said; "hail Satan."

We're just thanking god that it didn't light up the building.

Mesa Police say since the incident in May they've had three more at three other churches in Mesa. All of them involved burnt bibles found outside. Mesa Police believe the bible fires are related, and they're asking churches to take extra security measures until they make an arrest.

"I'm just hoping it doesn't turn any more aggressive or violent than what it has been," said Rice.

The arsonist is described as a white or Hispanic man in his late teens or early 20's. He was seen carrying a dark backpack and wearing white gloves.

If you have information on who is responsible call Mesa Police at (480) 644-2211.
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