Church Break-in and Arson

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A juvenile is locked up after police say he broke into a Bryan church and tried to set it on fire. The-16-year-old male was arrested and charged with arson, burglary, and evading arrest.

Wednesday at 2:42 a.m., Bryan police responded to a suspicious persons circumstances call at Westminister Presbyterian. They say the suspect was still inside the church when they arrived and tried to run. Additional officers arrived on the scene and surrounded the church and the suspect was eventually caught.

Police found several cans of paint and flammable liquids poured in and outside of the church. A Bryan Fire Marshal classified the case as arson and said it was evident that the suspect has attempted to set one or more of the church buildings on fire. Damages to the church totaled $3,000.

The suspect is in custody at the Brazos County Juvenile Detention Center.