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Cedar Park Police seek man in miniskirt over bank arson

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Cedar Park police are searching for a possible serial arsonist who last struck while wearing a mini-skirt.

On Sunday, May 4th surveillance cameras capture a man breaking into the Lone Star Bank in Cedar Park. He pours something on the floor. Seconds later, he bends down and flames erupt. He runs out.

As officers reviewed the footage, they noticed something very distinct about the man's wardrobe.

"We looked at the surveillance video several times to make sure we got it right. But it does appear that this suspect was wearing a black style mini-skirt. Typically, something that a female would wear," said Commander Bryan Wukasch.

Officers were less interested in his taste in clothes than his method of operation. It was very similar to three other recent business fires along business 183.

Officers say the first fire took place on February 18th, then again on March first, and the most recent happened on March 16th at Calhoun Chiropractic. That one, police say they are confident was committed by the same man.

John Trovato is the building owner.

"The guy apparently took gasoline, poured it on the chiropractor's desk and lit it and ran," Trovato said.

The office is now empty. Trovato was forced to gut it and start over. The chiropractor had to relocate. The damage extended into his wife's office next door also driving her out of business.

"Why would an individual come in just for fun and burn a business down? It's sad," Trovato said.

"It's bad enough the property damage, but we are concerned in the escalating behavior of this individual. He's getting more and more brazen going into a bank where he knows that there's going to be surveillance video," said Wukasch. "He performs this arson in an area which is a major intersection at 183 and Cypress Creek Road. It's a high traffic area with a lot of pedestrians. So he doesn't seem to be concerned about that. So the police department is very concerned."

Commander Bryan Wukasch says the department is enlisting the help of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to find the person. In the meantime Trovato is installing a surveillance system in case the arsonist comes back.

"Eventually he's going to get caught and he going to pay the price," said Trovato.

If you can help police make an arrest in this case, call the Williamson County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-253-7867.

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